Last Thursday night in Pottsville a small but concerted group of people moved to take action against coal-seam gas (CSG) and other forms of unconventional gas in the Tweed area.
A new application for a special prospecting authority includes the Tweed coast and urban areas around Tweed Heads, Michael McNamara from Lock the Gate – Tweed told the meeting.
If this proceeded to an exploration licence, drilling could take place only 200 metres behind the Seabreeze and Koala Beach estates at Pottsville, he added.
Mr McNamara said he was ‘very encouraged’ by the enthusiasm shown by the 25-odd locals who attended ‘and their resolve to educate their friends and neighbours in the Pottsville area’.
He said the group plans to conduct CSG-free road surveys later in the year.
‘Conducting meetings around the Tweed Shire we have found that residents in urban and coastal areas are largely unaware of the issues relating to exploration and production of coal-seam gas and other forms of unconventional gas.
‘Arrow Energy already has an exploration licence covering parts of the south-west of the shire and they could, if they wished, drill in the catchment of Clarrie Hall Dam (just as has happened at Warragamba and Woronora dams near Sydney) placing the Tweed’s water supplies and water quality at risk.
‘This will affect all residents of Tweed Shire, not just those in rural areas.
‘It is great that these Pottsville residents are keen to spread the word.
‘I invite anyone interested in finding out more about issues relating to coal-seam gas, or who wants to get involved in raising awareness in their local community, to contact me on 6679 3013 or by email at [email protected].’