CSG: the week that was
THE Sydney Morning Herald broke the news that the state government has been selling northern NSW to foreign mining investors as having “very good potential” for coal-seam-gas exploration.
The Greens obtained a CD prepared by the Department of Industry Resources and Energy’s Geological Survey team, XplorPak 2016, formerly called the annual Explorers Directory.
The XplorPak 2016 promoted coal seam gas resources in the Clarence-Morton Basin (situated in the Northern Rivers) to 20,000 international mining investors who gathered together for the March PDAC conference in Canada.
The Minister of NSW Department of Industry Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts, indicated that the XplorPak was “regrettable” because it gave international investors the “wrong impression” about Northern Rivers CSG gas reserves.
“The NSW Division of Resources and Energy is fully aware ...there will be no further petroleum or gas exploration or production in the Northern Rivers region of NSW,” he said.
RICHMOND Greens candidate, Dawn Walker, seized on the bungle, questioning the Nationals’ true intentions for CSG on the Northern Rivers.
“This is now the second time the Nationals have told us that there has been a stuff up with CSG ...,” she said
“The first time was with the Draft Regional Plan...
“If the government was genuine about protecting the Northern Rivers, then why was it included in this international investment package?” Ms Walker said in a statement.
FEDERAL Member for Page Kevin Hogan said bungling Sydney bureaucrats needed to “keep up” with the State Government’s policy.
They just spent $25 million buying back all the licences and “CSG wasn’t relevant to this region,” he said.
CLARENCE MP Chris Gulaptis has labelled the accidental spruiking as a an unfortunate “stuff up” which “reopens old wounds”.
MPs are said to be furious over scientifically accurate - yet politically stupid - materials about CSG.