Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed today’s announcement by the Minister for Resources the Hon. Don Harwin of the buy-back and cancellation of Petroleum Exploration Licence (PEL) 461, bringing an end to gas exploration on the Central Coast and Hunter.
PEL 461, granted in 2008, covered about 15,000 hectares around Wyee, Budgewoi and Swansea and was owned by Our Energy Group Pty Ltd.
“The NSW Government made a commitment to the community to cancel all petroleum exploration licences in the area,” Minister Harwin said.
“With the buy-back and cancellation of PEL 461, we have ensured that no gas exploration can take place on the NSW Central Coast.”
\"The cancellation of Labor\'s Gas exploration licence removes uncertainty for the communities of the Central Coast,” Mr MacDonald said.
“Labor indiscriminately handed out Gas exploration licences across most of the State. The NSW Liberal National Government has removed PELs in inappropriate regions of the State.”
“Labor can\'t be trusted when it comes to protecting the Central Coast. David Harris MP was part of the toxic, irresponsible Labor Government that allowed this PEL to be approved in 2008.”
“This Gas exploration licence adjoined his electorate then and he failed to stand up for his community. We have fixed David Harris\'s mess.\"
“The NSW Liberal National Government has a sensible NSW Gas Plan in action - we have reset the industry to ensure it moves forward on this government’s terms.”
“The NSW Government has now reduced the footprint of coal seam gas (CSG) exploration from more than 60 per cent of the state under Labor to less than seven per cent,” Mr Harwin said.
“The NSW Government has outlined its clear, transparent path to providing world’s best practice regulation of the gas industry and we are delivering.”
For more information visit: www.resourcesandenergy.nsw.gov.au