ANDERSON CALLS FOR NO CSG ON BLACK SOIL
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is calling for the fertile black soil farming land on the Liverpool Plains around Mullaley to be quarantined from the coal seam gas industry following the NSW Government’s new gas plan that was unveiled yesterday.
Mr Anderson said that he has requested an urgent meeting with the Minister for Energy, Anthony Roberts, to discuss the State’s gas plan in relation to the Tamworth electorate.
“I support the need for the State to develop energy resources where appropriate, however prime agricultural land on the Liverpool Plains is not the place.
“I will be calling on the Government to immediately approach those companies that have PEL’s (petroleum exploration licences) over the black soil plains to hand back sections of those titles.
“There is a real opportunity to claw back some of the land under licence when companies have to relinquish 25 per cent of their title upon renewal of their exploration licences.
“I believe that prime agricultural land on the Liverpool Plains is an area that should be quarantined from any CSG activity and I will be pushing hard to make that happen.
“The Government is focussed on preventing coal seam gas activities in sensitive areas and I will be pushing for prime agricultural land on the Liverpool Plains to be included.
“I look forward to meeting with the Minister to discuss these issues,” Mr Anderson concluded.