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Anti-CSG campaigners have vowed to fight any new exploration activity on the north coast, including the latest one by a private company called Clarence Moreton Resources.

The company lodged an application with the NSW Office of Coal Seam Gas to survey an area of land near Rappville between Casino and Grafton.

At the weekend, the office advertised the company’s 12-month prospecting application, which does not authorise drilling or extraction activities, with an invitation for the public to comment on it over the next month.

But the north coast Greens say the government must honour its six-month gas exploration freeze promised in May this year.

Adam Guise, the Greens candidate for the state seat of Lismore, said the government ‘needs to explain why the company has been allowed to apply for gas exploration despite the current freeze on applications’.

‘It is completely unacceptable that gas exploration is again being proposed for the northern rivers despite the thousands of people who attended the Bentley blockade calling for their land and water to be protected from invasive gasfields,’ Mr Guise told Echonetdaily.

‘The government must reject this application immediately and reaffirm its commitment to a six-month freeze.

‘If any new gas exploration goes ahead in the northern rivers, then the government can expect the community to unite in protest once again to protect our land and water from this toxic industry.

‘Only by cancelling all exploration licences in the northern rivers and declaring the region “Gasfield Free” will the government resolve this ongoing conflict,’ Mr Guise said.

According to APN Media, Clarence Moreton Resources is a wholly-owned subsidiary of East Coast Energy which holds partial stakes in three exploration tenements and has previously applied for an exploration licence for an area south of Tabulam and Mallanganee.

A company director said the ‘desktop study’ for the new application would review previous geological work there to determine whether the area was worth further exploration for mining.

The director told APN Media that, given the opposition to gas mining in recent years, they were ‘sensitive to the community’s need to have a social licence’.

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  1. While it is heartening to see the response to CSG in the Northern Rivers area, six month freezes and moratoriums won’t save you.
    A few years ago Lock the Gate gave up on Queensland and shifted the focus to NSW ( where so little is happening it seems laughable to us.) much to the dismay of those of us living in Queensland. They still seek to hog all the media in Queensland as the largest anti-CSG group in the country denying others a voice, even while they are not prepared to fight the battle here!
    The biggest CSG threat to the Northern Rivers is the Queensland projects, because if these projects succeed then the industry will be that strong that they will be unstoppable in the rest of the country. Once these fields start producing it will mean a six billion dollar a day income for the industry, enough to buy not just the governments and bureaucrats, but the environmentalists as well. And don’t think that there is no corruption in the environment movement, this industry started under the nose of the Big Environment groups that raise all the money in this country, and not a whimper was heard from any of them. What on earth were they doing with all that money they were raising?

  2. Let’s find solutions to this burning issue. Let us put all the issues on the Residents Roundtable at http://forums.voterland.org/?forum=385207 and come up with a clear line of thinking. Then ask the government to implement what the voters want. Each voter needs to tell the government what it wants. Not a group speaking for everyone. Votes count. Not groups.

  3. Rust never sleeps … Greed is an inherent part of the human condition … Until this industry is banned Nation-wide, and hopefully Globally, there will always be the next punter willing to rape the planet for a quick buck ! We’ve got a long war to wage on this one ! It’s hard to see either Labor or Liberal/Nationals ever supporting a total ban of tracking … Maintain the rage, people!


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