CSG project cancellations a step in the right direction


In a win for communities across the state, today AGL has announced it will not pursue a number of coal seam gas (CSG) projects. 

The company will sell back one exploration licence covering southwest Sydney and two covering a major portion of the Hunter valley.

AGL will sell back its exploration licences under the Government’s buyback scheme. The budget revealed the buyback scheme was set to expire on 30 June 2015, and was quietly extended last week.

This decision is a step in the right direction to protect our land and water from risks posed by CSG.

However, serious concerns remain around the fact that AGL will proceed with its controversial Gloucester CSG project. The community has been rightly concerned about the company’s transparency and efforts to mitigate impacts on the local water supply. 

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Resources & Energy Adam Searle

“The news that AGL will not proceed with a number of projects is a step in the right direction to protecting our land and water from risks posed by coal seam gas.”

“We remain concerned that the Gloucester project will proceed despite serious questions and significant community unease about its environmental impacts."

"Operations that cannot prove to be safe at every stage of the process should not proceed – and AGL has not proven to the Gloucester community that this CSG project is safe.”

“The vast majority of CSG licences being bought back have no gas worth extracting – and as we see today, major CSG projects are going ahead despite strong community opposition.” 

“Labor will continue to press for a statewide moratorium on CSG, and for all of the Chief Scientist’s recommendations to be implemented.”