8 May 2012
Marrickville Councillors backed residents campaigning against coal seam gas in the inner city tonight when they voted unanimously to support a new condition on agreeing to the development application of a waste recycling business – to prohibit coal seam gas mining.
Dart Energy’s Quarterly Activities Report 30/4/12
PEL 458, Newcastle – Fullerton Cove
A referral under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act has been submitted for PEL458 to the Australian Federal Government with positive indications from both the Federal and State governments. The proposal has been referred to the Independent Scientific Committee on the 18th of April with a recommendation to approve the project. Subject to approvals, Dart Energy expects work on site to commence during Q2 2012.
A Community Reference Group (CRG) has been established in PEL458 to address any concerns
In addition, Dart Energy together with Maria’s Farm Veggies Pty Ltd (“MFV”) won the FutureGAS Innovation Award for 2012. FutureGAS is the annual gas conference organised by Gas Today magazine.
NSW Strategic Regional Land Use Policy
Further progress has been made in NSW with the recent Government announcement of a number of draft policies and plans related to the regulation of both coal seam gas and coal mining under the banner of “Strategic Regional Land Use Policy” (SRLUP). Dart supports the intent of the plans to provide balance to the process of resource development and concerns of landholders and the community. The SRLUP applies to New England North West and the Upper Hunter in the first instance and does not include “no go” zones.
The proposed regulations will require greater community consultation and that licence holders are transparent in their actions and reporting. Dart has already adopted best practice with regards to community and landholder engagement, and any changes to Dart processes are likely to be an extension to current activities.
PEL 463, Cumberland / Sydney
Dart Energy has undertaken a land use study of the PEL 463 Cumberland area to identify areas appropriate for CSG exploration and which can demonstrate long term benefits for existing land uses through local energy production. The study identified a number of industrial areas where such benefits could be realised. Initial contact with these land holders is planned in the next quarter and discussions will continue with State and local governments on Dart Energy’s strategy for the tenement.