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Metgasco are going to try and force their way into the Northern Rivers despite overwhelming community opposition. This is where Australians need to make a defining stand against the CSG industry. Will you join them at Camp Liberty?

REPORT BY: COUNCILLOR MAGGIE CREEDY

The report represents details of a meeting on Wednesday, 16 April, 2014 at Casino, between NSW Minister for Resources and Energy the Hon Anthony Roberts, his department representatives, and invited Councillors and senior staff from Kyogle, Richmond Valley and Lismore City councils. The subject of the meeting was Gas Projects in the Northern Rivers/North Coast.


- Minister Roberts stated that 'Bentley was the most heavily regulated well ever drilled', that department inspectors would be on site during the whole operation and would be checking all of Metgasco's work and all their test results, including well casing tests.

- Lismore Deputy Mayor asked for a guarantee that there would be no risks involved with the Bentley well, Jock Laurie’s reply was “everything we do in life involves some risk, so it is impossible to guarantee that any enterprise is completely risk free.”

- Discussion about the number of water wells in NSW, approximately 160,000 (4,000 in the Northern Rivers) and that most of these were un-regulated and may allow water, gases and minerals to mix and contaminate different water
tables, surface water and underground water at different levels. Jock Laurie said “more damage is done to water and the water table by water wells then gas wells which are very strictly regulated.”

- Lismore Deputy Mayor asked about the water “contamination” caused by Santos in the Pilliga Scrub, the engineers reply was it was a small leak into a 22m x 22m self-contained pond that was not connected in any way to any other water and that Santos had reported it themselves.

- The question of “base line” water testing was raised. The answer was that all waterways within 2 kilometres of the Bentley site were being tested now and that they would be tested again immediately after drilling concluded and again later.

- The issue of forced entry for exploration drilling was raised which was answered by a Metgasco representative who stated that “Metgasco only entered into voluntary agreements”.

- Cr Maggie Creedy asked the Minister about the AGL and Santos agreement allowing landowners to say no to exploration and mining on their land.
Minister Roberts’s reply was that although this agreement was not legally binding it did raise the very important matter of property rights and the right of the landowner to say yes as well as to say no.

- Lismore Deputy Mayor said that people were concerned about damage to the natural beauty of the area. Metgasco said they were very aware of the natural beauty of the area and of maintaining it.

- Minister Roberts stated that every area had good reasons why mining should not go ahead there but sometimes the Government had to go with the “greater good” principle.

Source

ITEM 11 DELEGATES REPORTS

11.1 DELEGATES REPORT -- MEETING ON GAS PROJECTS IN THE
NORTHERN RIVERS/NORTH COAST

REPORT BY: COUNCILLOR MAGGIE CREEDY

Summary/Purpose
The following delegates report in respect of a meeting on Wednesday, 16 April,
2014, between NSW Minister for Resources and Energy the Hon Anthony Roberts, his department representatives, and invited Councillors and senior staff from Kyogle, Richmond Valley and Lismore City councils has been provided by Councillor Maggie Creedy for the information of Councillors.

Community Strategic Plan Item(s)
Roads and Infrastructure
Economic Development
Environmental and Planning
Background Information

The report represents details of a meeting on Wednesday, 16 April, 2014 at Casino, between NSW Minister for Resources and Energy the Hon Anthony Roberts, his department representatives, and invited Councillors and senior staff from Kyogle, Richmond Valley and Lismore City councils. The subject of the meeting was Gas Projects in the Northern Rivers/North Coast.

Report

The meeting between Minister Roberts, his department representatives, invited
Councillors and senior staff from Richmond Valley, Lismore City, and Kyogle
councils was held on Wednesday, 16 April, 2014 at the Richmond Valley Council
Chambers.

Government representatives present included:

 Minister for Resources and Energy, the Hon Anthony Roberts MP and his
Resources Advisor Adrian Pryke.

 Scot MacDonald, Member of NSW Legislative Council

NSW Trades and Investment representatives included:

 Director of the Office of Coal Seam Gas Rachel Connell and CSG Inspector
Alex Whiteside (Bachelor of Engineering, Petroleum);

 Manager Technical Support and Petroleum Op (from the Division of
Resources and Energy) Steve Barry and Stakeholder Engagement Manager
Tania McShane;

 Land and Water Commissioner (from the Office of Agricultural Sustainability and Food Security) Jock Laurie.

Also in attendance were:

 Richmond Valley Mayor and a number of Richmond Valley Councillors and
senior staff;

 Lismore Deputy Mayor and a number of Lismore City Councillors and some
senior staff;

 Clarence Valley Mayor;

 Kyogle Council Deputy Mayor and General Manager.

Two presentations were made by the Office of Coal Seam Gas.

The first presentation was an over view of CSG titles, applications, reforms and their application in relation to the Bentley well site and the announcement of the
cancellation of two PELA in the Northern Rivers; PELA 127 and 128.
The second presentation, made by gas engineer Alex Whiteside, was about "well
integrity”.

During the presentations there was much discussion and a number of questions
asked of both the Minister and his staff. Some of the discussions and answers
included:

 Minister Roberts stated that “Bentley was the most heavily regulated well ever
drilled”, that department inspectors would be on site during the whole
operation and would be checking all of Metgasco’s work and all their test
results including well casing tests.

 Lismore Deputy Mayor asked for a guarantee that there would be no risks
involved with the Bentley well, Jock Laurie’s reply was “everything we do in
life involves some risk, so it is impossible to guarantee that any enterprise is
completely risk free.”

 Discussion about the number of water wells in NSW, approximately 160,000
(4,000 in the Northern Rivers) and that most of these were un-regulated and
may allow water, gases and minerals to mix and contaminate different water
tables, surface water and underground water at different levels. Jock Laurie
said “more damage is done to water and the water table by water wells then
gas wells which are very strictly regulated.”

 Lismore Deputy Mayor asked about the water “contamination” caused by
Santos in the Pilliga Scrub, the engineers reply was it was a small leak into a
22m x 22m self-contained pond that was not connected in any way to any
other water and that Santos had reported it themselves.

 The question of “base line” water testing was raised. The answer was that all
waterways within 2 kilometres of the Bentley site were being tested now and that they would be tested again immediately after drilling concluded and again
later.

 The issue of forced entry for exploration drilling was raised which was
answered by a Metgasco representative who stated that “Metgasco only
entered into voluntary agreements”.

 Cr Maggie Creedy asked the Minister about the AGL and Santos agreement
allowing landowners to say no to exploration and mining on their land.
Minister Roberts’s reply was that although this agreement was not legally
binding it did raise the very important matter of property rights and the right of
the landowner to say yes as well as to say no.

 Lismore Deputy Mayor said that people were concerned about damage to the
natural beauty of the area. Metgasco said they were very aware of the natural
beauty of the area and of maintaining it.

 Minister Roberts stated that every area had good reasons why mining should
not go ahead there but sometimes the Government had to go with the “greater
good” principle.

Recommendation

That the delegates report provided by Councillor Maggie Creedy in respect of the
meeting on Gas Projects in the Northern Rivers/North Coast be received and noted.

The community signs at Bentley NSW say it all ... Metgasco is not wanted by 84.5% of the local population.

They have no social license and never will

 


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