AGL has been criticised for removing anti coal seam gas signs from outside a vineyard it controversially acquired earlier this year.
According to the ABC the signs belonged to the Hunter Valley Protection Alliance and were placed opposite the Pooles Rock vineyard.
The vineyard belonged to prominent merchant banker and coal seam gas critic the late David Clarke but was recently sold to AGL.
Hunter Valley Protection Alliance chair Graeme Gibson told the ABC AGL’s decision to remove the signs had provoked further community opposition to the company.
He said the signs did not belong to AGL and were not on its property, and removing them had been “the wrong way to go about it”.
An AGL spokesperson said an employee of the company had removed the signs without any authorisation.
It said the signs had been returned to the Hunter Valley Protection Alliance and it had apologised for the incident.
AGL said it respected community rights to voice opposition to its projects.
It said it did not condone the actions of the employee and the removal of signs had been “unfortunate”.
Clarke had formerly provided financial support to the Hunter Valley Protection Alliance and backed moves to have vineyards removed from AGL’s exploration licences.