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Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced...

Stories about "CSG buyback scheme":

Northern rivers ‘unprotected’ by new mining framework

Lock the Gate Alliance says the NSW Government’s Strategic Release Framework for coal and gas exploration, announced today, allows holders of ‘expunged petroleum titles’ to reapply for areas where licences have been bought back or cancelled, including in the northern rivers.

Time for governments to raise the bar on miners

Jeff Johnson, Independent Ballina councillor. The NSW Government’s Metgasco buy-back offer is the news most of us have been waiting for. I’m surprised that a company that has breached its license conditions is getting a $25 million payout to go away.

Dowell gracious in CSG victory

Jennie Dell, Lismore. I fought hard for, and feel passionately about keeping the Northern Rivers Gasfield Free. I’m no apologist for Metgasco or the National Party. I was standing near Jenny Dowell when she said she’d emailed her thanks to Thomas George and Metgasco’s CEO after the buyback offer was announced.

CSG win prompts calls to divest from fossil fuels

The proposed buyback of coal seam gas licences in the northern rivers area has prompted renewed calls to divest in fossil fuel investments.

Metgasco’s many licence infringements

Jennie Dell, Lismore. Mining is a speculative industry. Metgasco had a licence to speculate, issued by the then-Labor government and renewed over a decade with enthusiastic support from the governing NSW LNP government, represented in Lismore by Thomas George.

Outcry against Metgasco’s north coast plans

Politicians from the Greens to the Nationals have responded emphatically against gas miner Metgasco’s announcement that it plans to use the courts to force an unwelcome return to the northern rivers.

Greens vow to go back to the blockades on CSG

Greens Ballina MP Tamara Smith has said she will join the community in any future blockades if it becomes necessary to prevent CSG mining in the region. Her comments follow the defeat of the CSG moratorium bill in NSW parliament yesterday.

CSG buyback scheme ‘needs transparency and urgency’

Gasfield Free Northern Rivers have welcomed the announcement that the government's CSG buyback scheme will be extended by three months but called for more urgency and transparency in the process.

CSG buyback scheme ‘just a stunt’

A pre-election promise by the National Party to buy back controversial coal-seam gas exploration licences on the northern rivers was a just another stunt’ to shore up support for its north coast MPs, according to state Labor.

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Brunswick Heads marina berths to increase

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Nimbin medicinal cannabis event, March 27

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