Moods were high after the NSW Government announced a suspension of Metgasco’s exploratory licence in May this year. Photo: Marc Stapelberg
Moods were high after the NSW Government announced a suspension of Metgasco’s exploratory licence in May this year. Photo: Marc Stapelberg

Bentley still on CSG radar

METGASCO continued its Supreme Court action against the NSW Government over the suspension of the company's licence to drill at Bentley.

After the government upheld the suspension last week, the company's legal team had apparently paused to review options, only last Friday announcing it would follow through with the court action.

Managing director Peter Henderson said: "with the government continuing to alter the definition of 'effective consultation', Metgasco has no alternative than to seek court action to protect shareholder interests and have the suspension lifted".

He said the company believed it had complied with its community consultation requirements, over which its licence was ostensibly suspended.

Mr Henderson said the Office of Coal Seam Gas "did not show any concern about community consultation until a few days before the drilling rig was to be mobilised".

He argued the decision was instead motivated by "activists who demonstrably have no interest in consultation", dubbing it a "seismic shift" in what defined "effective consultation".

Meanwhile, Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said the company was missing the point.

"Regardless of the outcome of this court case, the real issue for Metgasco is how on earth they plan to drill for gas in a community that has made it crystal clear that it does not want a coal seam gas industry," he said.



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