Gloucester Council calls on Mike Baird to buy back AGL’s CSG license  

MEDIA RELEASE – 18 November 2015

The Greens NSW mining and agriculture spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today congratulated Gloucester Council on passing a motion that calls on Premier Mike Baird and Mining Minister Anthony Roberts to commence negotiations with AGL to buy back their CSG license over the Gloucester Valley, citing the impacts CSG is having on the social fabric of their community.

The motion, put up by Mayor John Rosenbaum, read as follows:

 

“That Council write to the Premier and Minister Roberts requesting negotiations be commenced with AGL to buy back the Licence for the following reasons.–

  • the social fabric of the Gloucester community is suffering
  • mental health issues and trust.”

“The uncertainty, stress and division that coal seam gas has brought to the town and valley of Gloucester is having a big impact on the community and I respect Gloucester Council for looking out for their residents,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“It is time to end the farce of coal seam gas in NSW and for the government to act to provide certainty for the communities of Gloucester, Narrabri and Fullerton Cove.

“It’s clear the world is moving towards renewable energy, so the idea of expanding fossil fuels at this point in time is a foolish one.  I believe the new management at AGL are coming to that conclusion.”

 

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