Residents say Cancel the licence
Residents across the vast licence (PEL 463) will be holding a protest on Monday September 1 to highlight their concern that a vast amount of metropolitan Sydney remains under risk of drilling for coal seam gas (CSG).
Residents from St Peters, Cronulla and Blacktown will ask the NSW government to cancel PEL 463.
Residents will be meeting at 9am in St Peters and Cronulla to illustrate the extent of the licence and to tell the NSW government it must cancel the CSG licence covering metropolitan Sydney on Monday September 1.
PEL 463 (see map below) was granted by a Labor state government in 2008 and renewed by the Coalition until 2015. More than 4 million people live in this area.
“The gas licence covering St Peters and most of Sydney must be cancelled”, said Pip Hinman, from Stop CSG Sydney.
“The company holding the licence – Dart Energy – is being bought by the UK-based gas giant IGas Energy which has stated that it wants to sell off its non-UK assets.
“This means that PEL 463 can remain ‘live’ and be sold on to another unconventional gas company at a later date. This is not an option for the community .
“We stopped a test drill at St Peter’s in 2012 just metres from schools, parks and homes. We w a nt to end the uncertainty and get the licence extinguished”, said Ms Hinman .
“The NSW government’s decisions to establish CSG exclusion zones is a welcome step. But they do not go far enough”, said Melinda Wilson from CSG Free Western Sydney.
“Under the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991, the Energy and Resources Minister can cancel licences on a variety of grounds. They include: failure to meet licence conditions, including drilling within a specified time, financial standing and ability to comply with regulations. Dart has failed to meet the conditions of its licence.
“Communities do not want fracking near our homes or in our water catchments. We have seen and experienced the damage. We do not want this licence to be on-sold to a company AGL which has a licence nearby in Camden and is keen to expand”, said Ms Wilson.
Residents will meet at the corner of Campbell and Euston Roads in St Peters and at the end of Kingsway in Cronulla on Monday September 1 at 9-10am (to coincide with Dart’s AGM in Brisbane).
Pip Hinman, Stop CSG Sydney 0412 139 968
Melinda Wilson : CSG Free Western Sydney (02) 9622 4820
Colin Ryan: Stop CSG Sutherland 0448 689 565