Decision to cancel CSG licenses just cynical electoral politics: Greens

MEDIA RELEASE – 4 March 2015

The Greens NSW mining and coal seam gas spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today labelled the NSW Governments’ decision to cancel Petroleum Exploration Licenses (PELs) 437 and 476 as cynical political move designed to hide the fact that the Coalition intends to roll out coal seam gas across NSW after the March state election.  He also sought answers as to how much of taxpayer’s money had been paid to compensate the license holder Pangaea.

“The Liberal and Nationals parties have made their support for a roll out of toxic gasfields across NSW clear,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“The public will not be fooled by this cynical political move to cancel a couple of petroleum licenses while renewing others in the Northern Rivers and supporting fracking at Gloucester and the Pilliga.

“Taxpayers would also like to know how much of their money has been paid in compensation to cancel these licenses.

“The Greens do not support any of taxpayers money being paid to fossil fuel companies who have known for many years that the people of NSW are opposed to their toxic industry.

“If the government supported legislation introduced by the Greens to allow licenses to be cancelled without compensation in the public interest then taxpayers would not have to foot this bill.

‘The Greens position on coal seam gas is clear: we are the only party currently in parliament that supports a complete and permanent ban on coal seam gas and fracking,” Mr Buckingham said.

Contact: Jack Gough  – 9230 2202 or 0427 713 101


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