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Saturday, 1 September 2012

O'Farrell floundering on coal seam gas facts


31 August 2012

The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today said Premier Barry O'Farrell was floundering on coal seam gas after getting his facts wrong several times this week on approvals, compensation liability for cancellation of gas exploration licences, and on future gas supply.

"Barry O'Farrell is floundering on coal seam gas.  Under pressure over
gas drilling in the marginal seats of Newcastle and Campbelltown, the
Premier has got some key facts wrong," said Greens MP Jeremy

APPROVALS:The Premier claimed Dart Energy's approvals at Fullerton Cove
(near Newcastle) "were granted under the former government" and that
"his hands were tied".

The application to drill for pilot production (Review of Environmental
Factors) at Fullerton Cove was made to the O'Farrell Government in
September 2011 and approved by DITRIS on 5 June 2012.    DART ASX
Statement: http://bit.ly/PvuhzE   DITRIS Statement: http://bit.ly/TBIfRH

COMPENSATION:The Premier has claimed that if his government were to
cancel petroleum exploration licences, then the state would be liable
for billions in compensation.  However, the Petroleum (Onshore) Act
explicitly rules out compensation due to cancellation of petroleum
titles where there has been a breach of conditions or the land is
"required for any public purpose".

PETROLEUM (ONSHORE) ACT 1991 - SECT 22 Cancellation and suspension of
(5) No compensation is payable by the Crown for or in respect of the
cancellation of, or a suspension of operations under, a petroleum title.

MYTHICAL GAS SHORTAGE:It is illogical to claim the Eastern Australia is
running out of gas while at the same time giant LNG export facilities
are being built.  The Parliamentary Inquiry into coal seam gas
recommended a domestic gas reservation policy be implemented to avoid
any future shortages due to the establishment of east coast gas

BHP Billiton Petroleum chief Mike Yeager on 14 May 2012 said his
company had plenty of gas for sale to supply east coast markets:
“We want to make sure that the market knows that the Bass Strait
field still has a large amount of gas that's undeveloped,” Mr Yeager
said. “We have a lot of gas in eastern Australia that's available.
It's more important to let the citizens of Victoria and New South Wales,
and to some degree, you know, even Queensland ... there's plenty of gas
to supply those provinces for - you know, indefinitely."  “We have gas
for sale and we will work with anybody at any time."

Contact: Max Phillips - 9230 2202  or  0419 444 916

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