Gloucester gas project delayed

AGL has asked for change in its Gloucester CSG project, causing a delay in approval in Government approvals.

According to environment minister Tony Burke, a decision was due to day but the latest changes will push this back, the Newcastle Herald reports.

Burke stated that AGL’s request will change elements of the environment assessment.

The company is putting forth a proposal for 300 wells in the Gloucester region, with 110 wells already approved.

However this approval is on hold due to a challenge in court.

No details of the requested variation are available.

AGL has seen heavy opposition to its CSG activities in the region, and was criticised after it removed protestors’ signs from outside a recently acquired 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.

AGL controversially acquired the site earlier in the year.

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