Calls for CSG review

THE Kyogle Council will ask the Northern Rivers Regional Organisation of Councils to write to the NSW state minister responsible for the coal seam gas industry to review his decision to approve a gas production licence on the Northern Rivers.

Meeting for the first time on Monday since the September 8 poll, the new council also reaffirmed its commitment to decisions of the previous council opposed to the industry.

The previous council in December voted unanimously to impose a moratorium on "any seismic testing, exploration drilling or other road reserve disturbance by the coal seam gas industry on council-owned infrastructure or infrastructure under Kyogle Council control".

The previous council also ruled out any "disturbance" by coal seam gas operators of the Lions Rd, north of Kyogle.

Coal seam gas company Metgasco would need access to the Lions Rd to build a proposed pipeline which would deliver gas from the company's Casino gas fields to south-east Queensland.

The December decision also sought to prevent the establishment of "drilling camps" on council control-led land and opposed any coalseam gas operations on prime agricultural and high-conservation value land.



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