Plan to explore for gas under 40% of state

Posted: December 8, 2012 in Australia, Environment, News
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http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/nsw/plan-to-explore-for-gas-under-40-of-state-20121207-2b11e.html Sparking outrage … the NSW Aboriginal Land Council has applied to explore for coal seam gas under 40 per cent of the state. Photo: Glenn Hunt THE NSW Aboriginal Land Council has applied to explore for coal seam gas under 40 per cent of the state, sparking outrage from indigenous and non-indigenous people alike. As a community meeting addressed by the Planning Minister, Brad Hazzard, was overrun by protesters at Lismore on the north coast this week, public submissions to the land council’s four separate applications closed. If successful, the land council, which is the peak body for all NSW local land councils, could gain mining rights to 321,300 square kilometres. In March Fairfax Media revealed the council’s initial foray into the resources sector, which would make it Australia’s first indigenous commercial miner. Advertisement Aboriginal people need to work towards economic independence to end generational poverty, the council argues. It will not reveal its joint venture partner, saying only that it is in ”confidential negotiations with a potential” partner. One of the areas covers 65,700 square kilometres from Bathurst to the Victorian border, encircling the ACT on the way. Another runs from Coffs Harbour on the north coast down to south of Port Macquarie and west almost to Armidale. Read full report via Brisbane Times

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