Knitting Nannas call for expired licence to be cancelled
THE Grafton loop of the Knitting Nannas Against Gas is calling on Chris Gulaptis and the Office of Coal Seam Gas to take action and cancel PEL 426. The licence covers a massive area of the Clarence and is currently expired.
"Metgasco's PEL 426 is the second biggest licence in the Northern Rivers, it covers about 300,000 acres of land from Whiporie to Nymboida and it has been expired since early last year," Grafton Knitting Nanna Lynette Eggins said.
"Metgasco would have just submitted their updated renewal application in July (and) we're calling on the office of Coal Seam Gas to cancel PEL 426 instead of just renewing it."
Making their voices heard by Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis was the aim of the game as they took their needles and wool to his office this week.
"The NSW government has said if companies want to keep their licences they need to 'use it or lose it'. We know our community doesn't want invasive gasfields covering the Clarence, we don't want Metgasco to use this licence, so we think they should lose it," Mrs Eggins said.
"Instead of stitching up deals behind closed doors we want this licence, along with the rest of the licences in the Northern Rivers, cut.
"Chris Gulaptis has said he supports a gasfield free Northern Rivers. Cancelling this licence would get us half way there, and while they're at it they should buy back Clarence Moreton Resources PEL 457, which covers the area around Maclean and Ashby.
"The communities of the Clarence deserve protection, it's time for the government to take action and start cancelling licences."