Environmental groups have welcomed the NSW Planning and Assessment Commission’s decision to halt the drilling of over a dozen coal seam gas (CSG) wells.
Apex Energy was granted approval four years ago to drill and operate 16 CSG wells between Wollongong and Sydney.
The company wanted to extend its licence in the catchment for three years, but the commission rejected the application.
The commission ruled it would be “inappropriate” to approve the coal seam gas activities, as many of the wells fall within the Sydney water catchment.
Stop CSG Illawarra will be meeting this Sunday July 21, 11am at Coledale Community Hall to find out more about what happened and why the project was rejected, look at some of the detail and discuss the next steps for the community.