‘Trojan Horse’ fears after NSW government reveals gas exploration area
NSW Farmers, meanwhile, said the certainty of landowners had been “evaporated” by the gas plan.
“The Liverpool Plains are a key food bowl with some of the best soils in the world,” said James Jackson, president of NSW Farmers. “The fragile and interconnected nature of its groundwater systems is the main reason why more coal mines have not been supported in these regions.”
Mr Barilaro said the far west of New South Wales, like Broken Hill, had been excluded from exploration, and he also pledged that areas with gas fields would keep some of the revenue generated.
“We want to make sure that the communities where gas exploration takes place get their fair share and that is why I also confirm that additional funds will be made available to these local government areas as part of a future cycle. resources for the regions, “said Barilaro.
Roy Butler, the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MP whose electorate covers part of the licensed gas area, predicted that farmers in Wee Waa and Boggabri would “come out of their trees” in opposition to the plan.
Mr Butler also objected to claims in the gas statement that fossil fuel slated to be imported by Andrew “Twiggy” Forest at Port Kembla by 2023 and other terminals are “unlikely to be affected. deliver gas to NSW at the same price as local production ”.
“Please show us how Narrabri will lower the prices,” Mr. Butler said, adding that imports were more likely to “put another nail in Narrabri’s coffin” due to the high cost of extraction and delivery.
APPEA, the lobby for the oil and gas industry, was also disappointed with the plan, saying it would prevent most of the state from developing and deal “a blow to local consumers, to the thousands. jobs, the environment and businesses ”. Customers would pay well over $ 20 per gigajoule of gasoline.
“This short-sighted decision means that higher gas prices in NSW are the norm, not the exception,” said Ashley Wells, director of APPEA in NSW. “The appeasement of vocal and extreme minorities will continue to mean that New South Wales will face ongoing economic and energy security risks. “
Madeline Taylor, a senior lecturer in law at Macquarie University and a member of the Climate Council, said it was not clear whether the licenses would actually be extinguished, as the government was only planning to change the environmental planning policy of the ‘Mining state rather than legislating for their elimination.
“We are creating a gas belt,” said Dr Taylor. “There is no permanence in this for the communities in terms of protection from gas exploration and production.”
Lock The Gate Alliance spokeswoman Georgina Woods said the gas statement contradicted the industry’s own net zero emissions target with its prediction of long-term increases in gas consumption.
Ms Woods said plans to develop more gas around Narrabri also contrasted with the International Energy Agency’s recent opposition to so-called new fossil fuel projects: “They made it very clear that ‘ there should be no new gas development if we are to achieve net zero goals.
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