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Monday, 9 March 2015

PEL cancellation too little too late

The Greens have criticised the Government’s announcement that two Petroleum Exploration Licences (PELs) held by Clarence Moreton Resources Pty Ltd will be cancelled.

Greens candidate for Clarence, Janet Cavanaugh said:

“This announcement is too little, too late. It is merely tinkering around the edges. 

“The timing is just cynical electioneering. Both PELs expired in 2012 and could have been cancelled at any time. 

“I am concerned that the Government is wasting taxpayers money on this electioneering stunt. Under the Petroleum Onshore Act*, no compensation is payable for the cancellation or suspension of exploration licences. 

“Why is the Government paying off their mates in the mining industry? 

“There can be no basis for compensation, particularly if there has been insufficient investment in exploration works in the licence area or any other breaches of licence conditions. The Clarence Alliance Against CSG is not aware of any onground works in PEL478.

"In PEL479, there have been substantial complaints about the drilling of the Annvale Borehole in 2011,” she said. 

Greens spokesperson on mining, Jeremy Buckingham MP said:

“The Greens are not impressed by the cancellation of these PELs. 

“We would have been more impressed if Metgasco's PEL426 had been cancelled. It expired more than 12 months ago and should also be cancelled. 

“PEL426 is the PEL with the Glenugie drill site. Metgasco’s attempts to drill here were met by concerted community action and a lengthy blockade. Drilling only proceeded after the riot squad was brought in, at great expense to taxpayers. 

“The Greens are the only party to have a position of being totally opposed to all unconventional gas mining and exploration in NSW - that's coal seam gas, tight sands gas and shale gas. It just isn't worth the risk to our land and water," he said. 


Contact: Janet Cavanaugh 0429 479 968, Jeremy Buckingham 0439 460 691.

* Section 22(5) of the Petroleum Onshore Act 1991 states:
“No compensation is payable by the Crown for or in respect of the cancellation of, or a suspension of operations under, a petroleum title.”

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