The state government should cease talks with gas mining company Metgasco and support legislation to cancel North Coast gas licenses, according to the Greens.
Greens NSW coal seam gas spokesman Jeremy Buckingham said today that ‘the time for talk is over’.
He called on the Baird government to suspend talks with Metgasco and support legislation that would allow the North Coast coal seam gas licenses to be cancelled in the public interest without compensation.
The call follows confirmation from Metgasco confirmed to the stock market that they were in discussions with the NSW Government over ‘the future of their gas operations in the northern rivers”.
‘This whole process of negotiations with Metgasco is a farce which is creating unnecessary uncertainty for the community and is a waste of taxpayers’ money.
‘The government has the power to do what the community wants, and they can legislate to ensure that all of Metgasco’s licenses are cancelled without compensation.
‘The time for talk is over. The Liberals and Nationals need to stop wining and dining with gas lobbyists and tell Metgasco to pack their bags and leave the northern rivers.
‘The risks to our land, water, climate and communities are too high to let this industry proceed and that is why the Greens are calling for a complete and permanent ban on coal seam gas,.’