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Metgasco still keen on NSW coalbed methane project

World Coal,

Despite a suspension of its drilling license, gas explorer Metgasco remains intent on developing CBM reserves in New South Wales.

The NSW government suspended Metgasco's exploration licence for a farm near

Bentley last week, days before drilling was set to commence. The company's lack of community consultation was cited as a reason for the suspension.

The Office of Coal Seam Gas has been urged to undertake a speedy examination of Metgasco's Bentley licence, but the office has told Metgasco the review is not yet completed, and was unable to confirm how much longer it would take.

Metgasco has provided a lengthy submission to the office, which the company says demonstrates it has fully complied with conditions related to community consultation. It said it remains committed to gas resources in the region, despite contrary media reports.

Peter Graham, the farmer on whose land the exploration well was to be drilled, said that he was devastated with the suspension of the license. “It’s like someone ripped my heart out,” he told local media. 

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