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Anti-coal seam gas group Lock the Tweed has taken the Nationals candidate for the seat of Richmond, Matthew Fraser, to task over his repeated comments that ‘there is no CSG in Richmond’.

Mr McNamara said Mr Fraser needed to ‘get real’ on the subject, with more than 95 per cent of respondents in the electorate opposed to the extraction of the unconventional gas and two organisations with prospecting licences covering the area.

‘Despite the fact that Dart Energy and the NSW State Aboriginal Land Council are willing to take the commercial risk of exploring for CSG here, Mr Fraser continues to maintain that there are no commercially viable reserves of CSG in Richmond and, therefore, that CSG is not an issue in this electorate,’ said Mr McNamara.

An ALP election advertisement quoting Matthew Fraser on CSG.
An ALP election advertisement quoting Matthew Fraser on CSG.

He said that if the same logic were applied to the issue of boat people, they ‘should not be an issue in Richmond because no asylum seekers have landed on the beaches within the electorate’.

He added that Mr Fraser’s supporters were reportedly telling voters at pre-polling that ‘there is no CSG in the Richmond electorate’ as they are entering the polling booths.

‘Unless he has X-ray vision he can’t know this!’ Mr McNamara said.

‘The only way to know whether or not commercially viable CSG deposits exist in the Richmond electorate is to undertake exploration drilling – and this is just what communities do not want!’

He queried why, if there were no prospects for CSG within the area, Dart Energy had not relinquished those portions of its licence.

‘Relinquishing sections of an existing licence is standard industry practice. In fact, until the O’Farrell Coalition government in NSW recently renewed a raft of licences overnight, it was a requirement for renewal of exploration licences by the state government that companies relinquish 25 per cent of their licence, so to say that sections of the licence in the Richmond electorate can’t be relinquished for whatever reason is nothing more than political gobbledygook and doublespeak.

‘Mr Fraser is the only candidate who does not seem to get it on CSG. He is just not listening to the people he seeks to represent.’


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  1. I wrote to Matthew Fraser some weeks ago regarding CSG. I supplied him with credible information from an ex-Mobil executive with 30 years of experience in oil production who has major concerns about CSG (fracking) and the effect on our environment and communities. I asked for Mr Fraser for his response. He has not had the decency to reply. Another great example of National Party community involvement !

  2. Rosco it’s clear you have not watched the doco FrackNation which makes nonsense of all the claims including about fracking in GasLands. The slightest intelligent investigation reveals there are no coal seams in 95% of Richmond.
    Byron, Ballina and Tweed simply don’t have coal seams. The reality is all the gaseous coal seams are west of Lismore. The Greens and Elliot’s Labor claims they will stop CSG in Richmond is just a dishonest electoral gimmick.
    There is no CSG on the coast and outside the Clarence Morton Basin. It seems Lock the Gate really want there to be CSG in Richmond so that they can claim to stop it. It’s amusing that all their little yellow anti CSG signs which litter Tweed Byron and Ballina are actually made from gas.
    Perhaps Justine and Dawn who probably both cook and warm themselves with gas can bury a few bottles of LPG to justify their false claims that there is gas below in Richmond.

  3. John Vaughan
    It is clear you didn’t read Chis’s article
    You said…”There is no CSG on the coast and outside the Clarence Morton Basin. It seems Lock the Gate really want there to be…”
    Interesting argument …totally lacking any credible motive.
    Since there is no gas here, why are the licences to explore not relinquished.

  4. John Vaughan

    Don’t want to be a nark but you should check your “facts”.

    The Clarence Morton basin, according to published geological maps, underlies at least half of the Richmond electorate. In fact, the Walloon Coal measures outcrop from Tyalgum through to Byron Bay and onshore behind Ballina, down to Evans Head and beyond.

    Coal Seam Gas is only one of the prospective targets for Metgasco, the tight gas & shale gas have also been identified as resources in company statements. The tight gas seams are deeper than the Walloons and certainly will contain significant gas reserves across the basin, including in the Richmond electorate. Tight gases require fracking.

  5. I’m sorry John, but my geological map, which covers all of the Tweed Valley and beyond, clearly shows a band of coal running through the western end of the Tweed Valley and explains why there was a coal mine at Pumbenbil!


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