The license was revoked at the height of a serious protest known to the world as the Bentley Protest by the people of Australia standing up for the beautiful Northern Rivers area surrounding Casino, Kyogle and Nimbin. I was suspicious at the time that this license revocation would result in the tax payers paying for it in some other under handed way. A way we are seeing here with Metgasco now.
There were thousands of people camped and more coming when the energy minister revoked Metgasco's license.
This did cause the protest camp to dismantle and go home feeling that for now they had prevented this filthy toxic industry from getting another foot hold in the area.
Today, the news was doom and gloom again. Metgasco are now attempting a court battle and they want to go ahead with their PPLA9 outside Casino.
Here is the BREAKING NEWS and the link to the Full Story.
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#Metgasco has issued a statement announcing "negotiations with the NSW Government have not resulted in a settlement of the matters between Metgasco and the Government. Metgasco has accordingly paused formal discussions with the Government over the future of Metgasco’s three Northern Rivers licence areas and is taking the following actions:
1. initiation of court action for damages from the NSW Government in relation to the Government’s unlawful suspension of the Company’s 2014 drilling program;
2. preparation for a judicial review to have PEL 426 renewed and for the award of a production licence for PPLA 9; and
3. conclusion of contractual agreements for a seismic acquisition program to the east of Lismore and for the drilling of the Rosella conventional/tight gas prospect