Metgasco’s decision to go to court is a failure to see the real issue

MEDIA RELEASE – 4 July 2014

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham condemned Metgasco’s decision today to take the Office of Coal Seam Gas to court to try to overturn the suspension of their gas drilling program.  He questioned how Metgasco plan to continue to operate in a community that has made it clear that it does not want coal seam gas, even if they win the court case?

“Regardless of the outcome of this court case, the real issue for Metgasco is how on earth they plan to drill for gas in a community that has made it crystal clear that it does not want a coal seam gas industry?” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“Metgasco has patently failed to earn a social licence and they now want to rely on the courts and taxpayers forking out millions for police escorts, to conduct their drilling operations.

“Community consultation is not just a box ticking exercise.

“A business model that relies on cops and courts to force its way into a community is doomed to fail.  Metgasco should cut their losses, pack their bags and leave the Northern Rivers.

“The Greens believe that coal seam gas is unsafe, unnecessary and unwanted.  The Greens support a rapid transition to clean renewable energy such as wind and solar,” he said.

Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916

 

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