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PEL 463 cancelled

Cancellation of Sydney CSG licence a win for community action

The cancellation of a CSG licence over Sydney is a win for community action. Now our water catchments need to be protected from CSG mining too.

Stop CSG Sydney has welcomed the news that the Baird government has decided to cancel the coal seam gas licence covering most of metropolitan Sydney – PEL 463.

“Widespread community organising has helped deliver this outcome. The cancellation of this licence will give a big boost of confidence to the campaign to protect land and water which has so far slowed the progress of CSG extraction in NSW”, said Pip Hinman, Stop CSG Sydney president.

PEL 463 was originally issued by the former ALP government, and renewed by the Coalition. It was due to expire in October. The licence area covers 189,000 hectares, spanning most of Sydney and its surrounds, from Gosford in the North, to Waterfall in the South, and past Blacktown in the West. Over 4 million people live in the affected area.

“Clearly, the Baird NSW government is feeling the pressure. Opposition to CSG is widespread across the state. It has splintered the Liberal-National Coalition’s base.

“The cancellation of PEL 463 is welcome – and not a moment too soon. But the community will not stop its work in protecting vital parts of NSW – such as the whole of the water catchment area, the Pilliga and Gloucester – all of which remain under threat.

“We are also concerned that the NSW government is ignoring residents in Camden, in south west Sydney who have to live with AGL’s CSG leaks, drilling under their houses and other threats from the industry”, said Ms Hinman.

“The campaign started in 2010 when residents discovered a CSG test drill was to take place in St Peters – metres from schools, parks and homes. The community got together, organised rallies, film nights, trivia night, a human sign in Sydney Park and much more,” said Louise Steer, Stop CSG Sydney’s public officer.

“The campaign to get the licence cancelled started in July 2014 when we found out Dart Energy was intending to sell the licence to a UK company IGas Inc. The NSW government approved this sale last October.

“Stop CSG Sydney believes that this cancellation is a victory for communities across the state. It should have been done long ago, and IGas doesn’t need $200,000 from the NSW state government as ‘compensation’ “, concluded Ms Steer.

For further comment contact:
Pip Hinman 0412-139-968
Lou Steer 0402-167-566

PEL463 (yellow) covered most of Sydney
PEL463 (yellow) covered most of Sydney
18.9.11

MEDIA RELEASE August 24, 2014

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.

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“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).

 

Media inquiries: 

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