Barry’s mistake


This is from the Herald:

Mr O’Farrell, who is due to visit the Hunter Region today to open the WesTrac plant at Tomago, said ‘‘I wish that I could unpick’’ coal seam gas exploration licences granted under the former Labor government, but that doing so could open the state up to compensation liabilities.

Mr O’Farrell told 2GB’s Alan Jones, a vocal opponent of coal seam gas expansion, there were ‘‘active discussions’’ between the government and the company behind the proposed Rocky Hill open-cut coalmine near Gloucester in an effort to get the ‘‘company to voluntarily retreat’’ from areas closest to residences.

Mr O’Farrell said he had confidence in the Planning Assessment Commission to consider the merits and impacts of project proposals.

Asked about Fullerton Cove, where residents have protested against Dart Energy’s coal seam gas pilot program under its exploration licence, Mr O’Farrell said: ‘‘There are proposals that have been approved in the past including this one that if we were to stop them the government would be liable for compensation.’’

The boys in blue hiding in the bushes at Fullerton Cove

Thanks to Adam Guise for this:

Blatant lies from the NSW government pretending that compensation would be payable to revoke exploration licences.

Section 22(5) of the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 explicitly states:

No compensation is payable by the Crownfor or in respect of the cancellation of, or a suspension of operations under, a petroleum title.”

Here’s Mr O’Farrell telling the camera the same story.
And this is a great read on what you can do about it.

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