Metgasco drilling licence WITHDRAWN…due to lack of public consultation. If same is applied in UK…ALL Unconventional Gas Licences WILL be WITHDRAWN!
Below article from ABC news:
Whispers started circulating around the Bentley protest site at dawn.
Just after 7am the Minister for Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts announced that the NSW Office of Coal Seam Gas had suspended Metgasco’s Rosella exploration licence.
Mr Roberts said the company had failed to undertake genuine and effective community consultation, as required under the licence.
On the same morning he also announced that he had referred the approval process for the well to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) after receiving information concerning shareholdings and interests in Metgasco Limited.
New South Wales Police announced shortly after that it had cancelled an operation involving up to 800 police, scheduled for early next week when Metgasco’s rig was expected to arrive at the drill site.
The news came as sheer disbelief to hundreds of protesters who have been camping on the neighbouring farm for several months.
It was followed by jubilation; singing, dancing and joyful embraces.
Campaign organisers claim the decision is a direct result of their persistence.
Jill Keogh has been protesting at the Bentley Blockade for more than two months.
“I am really passionate about looking after the water and the air and all of those natural systems for my great grandchildren, my grandchildren and my children,” the 76-year-old Federal woman says.
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