Peter Hannam, Environment Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald
Photo: Ryan Osland
The Baird government has cancelled two petroleum exploration permits for coal seam gas formerly held by Pangaea Resources in a bid to ease concern about the industry in the state.
Minister for Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts on Wednesday said the government had extinguished Pangaea's two petroleum exploration licences, numbered 437 and 476, covering about 15,600 square kilometres in northern NSW.
The electorates covered by the permits include Myall Lakes and the Upper Hunter for the 476 licence and the Northern Tablelands for the 437 licence. The electorates are held by Nationals MLAs Stephen Bromhead, George Souris and Adam Marshall respectively.