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The Office of Coal Seam Gas (OCSG) has yet to announce its verdict on whether to continue the suspension of Metgasco’s PEL 16, covering the planned Rosella well at Bentley.

The office said it would make a determination on the matter by Wednesday (June 24) but after that deadline came and went the minister’s office announced yesterday that a decision was expected this morning (June 26).

Resources minister Anthony Roberts announced the suspension on May 15 on the grounds that it had failed to undertake proper community consultation.

Metgasco filed for judicial review of the decision in the High Court on June 3 but agreed to pause the legal action on June 16 after the OCSG promised to deliver a verdict by June 24.

At the time the company said it reserved the right to re-start its action if the company did not respond by the agreed date.

But Metgasco’s PR company Citadel told Echonetdaily today they were still awaiting the OCSG’s report ‘like everyone else’.

‘There isn’t a drop-dead date beyond which we’re going to stamp our feet. We’re waiting for the office to do what it said it was going to do,’ the Citadel spokesperson said.

Earlier today, a spokesperson for minister Roberts told Echonetaily the minister was also still waiting on the OCSG’s report, adding the date was never set in stone.

‘The office said it would “use its best endeavours” to report by June 24,’ he said.

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Norco set for rebuild but what about other businesses?

While the community digests Tuesday’s news of Norco’s Lismore ice cream factory’s rebuild, Norco Chief Executive, Michael Hampson wants to stress the importance of the plight of all flood-affected Lismore businesses including small and medium size ventures.

Flood-affected youth film screening tomorrow

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