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weekender the inner city FRI 15 AUG 2014 • Issue 200

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Trades & Services Tra Need help at your place this weekend? p.26

Call for cancellation

Stop CSG Sydney says now’s the time for St Peters licence to be revoked CHRIS CONNOLLY

Adam Brand heads on tour p.20

Murder in Leichhardt p.3

National Tree Day 850 new plants for Tillman Park p.14

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ocal residents opposed to coal seam gas (CSG) exploration have called on Minister for Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts to cancel Petroleum Exploration Licence (PEL) 463, the licence covering the Sydney basin. Sandra Thompson from Stop CSG Sydney said they are a community group formed to oppose a test drill site in St Peters, discovered by accident at the end of 2011. The group organised community petitions, marches, film screenings and motions to Marrickville Council opposing CSG in the inner west and beyond. Last year, the NSW Government brought in new CSG regulations that prohibit CSG drilling within two kilometres of urban areas. Ms Thompson said when Stop CSG Sydney found out that PEL 463 was about to be transferred to UK-based company IGas Energy as part of its buy out of Dart Energy, it launched a ‘Cancel the Licence’ campaign. “We know that IGas Energy has publicly stated it wants to divest all non-UK assets of Dart at a time when it is ‘commercially attractive’ to do so, and ‘with a view to maximising cash returns’,” Ms Thompson said. “We have confirmed that Dart, which owns PEL 463 via its subsidiary Macquarie Energy, is urging its shareholders to vote in favour of the sale.” Story continues on » p. 3

Protesters at a previous anti-CSG rally in Sydney Park, St Peters. Photo: Bernadette Smith

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Inner City Weekender August 15  
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