The time for talk is over: Baird Government should cancel Metgasco’s licenses

MEDIA RELEASE – 2 July 2015

The Greens NSW coal seam gas spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham has today called on the Baird Government to suspend talks with Metgasco and support legislation which would allow the North Coast coal seam gas licenses to be cancelled in the public interest without compensation.

This comes as Metgasco confirmed to the stock market that they are in discussions with the NSW Government over “the future of [their] gas operations in the Northern Rivers”.

“This whole process of negotiations with Metgasco is a farce which is creating unnecessary uncertainty for the community and is a waste of taxpayers’ money,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“The government has the power to do what the community wants, and they can legislate to ensure that all of Metgasco’s licenses are cancelled without compensation.

“The time for talk is over.  The Liberals and Nationals need to stop wining and dining with gas lobbyists and tell Metgasco to pack their bags and leave the Northern Rivers.

“The risks to our land, water, climate and communities are too high to let this industry proceed and that is why the Greens are calling for a complete and permanent ban on coal seam gas,” Mr Buckingham said.

Contact: Jack Gough – 9230 2202 or 0427 713 101

 

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