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Government acknowledges risks of CSG in water catchments by cancelling PEL 2

As appeared in the The Nature Conservation Council website
6 July, 2015

The Nature Conservation Council has welcomed the government’s announcement that it will buy back and cancel the massive coal seam gas exploration licence that covers almost 7000 square kilometres from the Illawarra, through Sydney’s water catchment, north to the Central Coast.

Energy giant AGL announced today the results of its Upstream Gas Review, which included the announcement to dispose of the Petroleum Exploration Licence 2 (PEL 2).

“The government’s decision to buy back and cancel this CSG licence is a victory for commonsense,” said NCC Campaigns Director Daisy Barham.

“It vindicates those communities that have been concerned about CSG in our drinking water catchment for many years and who have campaigned vigorously for the government to make these areas off limits to this risky industry. This decision sets a new benchmark for protecting water catchments and communities across NSW from risky CSG developments. Our catchments should be permanently protected so the water security of future generations is not endangered by this risky industry."

“PEL 2, which covers almost 7000 square kilometres from the Illawarra, through Sydney’s water catchment and up to the Central Coast, should never have been issued because of the unacceptable risks CSG development poses to the critical water supply for Sydney’s four million people. Mr Baird should now address the existing threat posed by coal mining in Sydney’s drinking water catchment by stopping any further expansion of coal mines in these sensitive areas."

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