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May 19, 2021

Council can’t stop CSG exploration

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Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell has said the council is powerless to stop planned coal-seam gas exploration on council land in Rock Valley.

Ms Dowell said that although council is opposed to coal-seam gas mining in any circumstances, the most it is empowered to do is to ensure certain requirements are met and levy a small access fee.

Council staff had previously issued approval for Metgasco to explore the region without councillors’ knowledge. But that permission was rescinded back in November after local anti-CSG activist Wanda Halden from Rock Valley GAS Rangers discovered the approval and approached the mayor about it.


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