Coal Seam Gas

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Councillor calls for support on CSG

THE Illawarra Greens have called for Wollongong City Council to support the ban on Coal Seam Gas exploration and mining in the water catchment. Greens Councillor Jill Merrin said Council have discussed a CSG policy drafted up by the Association of Mining Related Councils. “As a member of the Association, Wollongong needs to ensure that … Continue reading

Coal seam gas opponents celebrate win

THE Planning Assessment Commission has refused Apex Energy’s application to drill 16 coals seam gas wells (CSG) in and around the drinking water catchment north west of Bulli. The community has been opposing the project since early 2011. Fifteen wells were approved for development in 2009 and a determination modified to include a 16th well … Continue reading

Former coal mining villages say no to CSG

WOMBARRA and Scarborough residents have declared that they want their villages to remain ‘Coal Seam Gas (GSG) free’. Stop CSG members have surveyed households in the two former coal mining villages, with an overwhelming majority of respondents declaring that they want their suburb to remain CSG-free. Residents also want a ban on CSG development in … Continue reading

Government opens door to Illawarra escarpment coal seam gas mining

IN the wake of the NSW Government’s Strategic Regional Land Use Policy, comes an offer to renew 22 of the state’s coal seam gas (CSG) exploration licences, including four in the Illawarra. The licences cover more than five million hectares in NSW, including in areas of the Illawarra escarpment’s water catchment area. The freeze on … Continue reading

Policy fails to protect water catchment says Stop CSG Illawarra

WHILE the launch of the NSW Government’s Strategic Regional Land Use Policy has been welcomed by State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans, the same can’t be said of the reaction to the new coal seam gas regulations from industry opponents. Mr Evans said the 27 new initiatives to regulate the coal seam gas industry has … Continue reading

Community leaders call for coal seam gas ban in water catchments

ILLAWARRA community leaders will come together tomorrow to petition the State Government to change its draft Strategic Regional Land Use Policy. Stop CSG Illawarra spokesperson Jess Moore says the policy does not rule out coal seam gas (CSG) development in drinking water catchments. Ms Moore said the policy does not classify drinking water catchments as land of … Continue reading

In the dark over gas wells

DEVELOPMENT consent for coal seam gas (CSG) wells in the Illawarra – approval to drill and run them – has expired. But exactly what this means for the project is unclear. Fifteen wells were approved for development under Part 3A in 2009, a determination amended to include a 16th well in 2011. However, the determination states that drilling and … Continue reading

Big Illawarra contingent expected at fracking rally

THE Northern Illawarra is expected to have strong representation on Thursday during an anti-coal seam gas rally in Sydney. More than 20,000 people in NSW have signed a petition that calls for a ban on fracking and a moratorium on coal seam gas (CSG) mining until the health, water and environmental impacts are known. This … Continue reading

Coal gas drilling begins west of Helensburgh

DRILLING has begun on a new coal seam gas (CSG) well west of Helensburgh. Drilling started on the well in the Illawarra coal measures in the Warragamba catchment, under an agreement between Apex Energy and Ormil Energy. State MP for Keira Ryan Park said he is disappointed with the announcement. “I have been fighting since I was … Continue reading

Sensible discussion needed over coal seam gas

THE NSW Government should follow Queensland’s lead and sign up to the new National Coal Seam Gas Agreement that aims to strengthen regulation in this sensitive new industry, says State MP for Keira Ryan Park. “I have always said that coal seam gas was a significant issue for our local area. I have written to … Continue reading

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