Council opposes coal seam gas exploration


Council has resolved to not support Coal Seam Gas (CSG) exploration and production in the Dubbo Regional LGA following a period of community consultation.

Mayor of the Dubbo Region Councillor Ben Shields said Council determined its position after hearing the views of the community formally through a public submission process.

As part of the public exhibition process Council received 23 written submissions and 661 people responded to a survey on Council’s website.

“The weight of public opinion was heavily against Coal Seam Gas exploration and development with 619 people opposing Coal Seam Gas in the Dubbo Regional LGA,” Councillor Shields said.

“Some 94 per cent of the survey responses were against Coal Seam Gas exploration and development in our LGA,” Clr Shields said.

“Several submissions raised specific concerns on the potential impact on the natural environment, ground water supplies, agricultural land and threats to biodiversity,” he said.

“As a result Council has resolved not to support the exploration and/or development of Coal Seam Gas production in the Dubbo Local Environmental Area,” Councillor Shields said.

Council resolved this position on the following basis:

  • Coal Seam Gas production and development including ‘fracking’ has shown to have negative impacts on water supply to agriculture and the production capacity of rural lands.

  • The exploration and production of Coal Seam Gas has not shown to provide any lasting positive economic impacts.

  • The NSW Planning System does not provide satisfactory consideration of the environmental and economic costs to the community from Coal Seam Gas exploration and development

“Ultimately, any application for CSG exploration or production is a State Government decision.

“However, following this decision Council will oppose any application based on the potentially significant impacts on agricultural land and the overwhelming community opposition to CSG development in the region,” Councillor Shields said..

“Council has made a clear statement to oppose Coal Seam Gas Exploration and Development,” he said.

Last Edited: 28 Aug 2018

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