Friday, 08 February 2013 13:29
AGL Energy has suspended an expansion of its coal seam gas operations in southwest Sydney due to community concerns the practice will endanger the city's drinking water resources.
AGL has requested the NSW Departments of Planning and Infrastructure suspend its assessment of the company's proposed expansion of Camden gas project.
"AGL understands that there are some members of the community who are concerned about the current proposal and we believe that this suspension will allow us to consider those community concerns," AGL's general manager of upstream gas Mike Moraza said in a statement on Friday.
The NSW government has commended AGL Energy's decision to suspend an expansion of its contentious coal seam gas (CSG) operations in southwest Sydney due to community concerns.
NSW Minister for Resources and Energy Chris Hartcher said AGL's request showed it was willing to listen and work with the local community.
"Though a commercial decision of the company, the NSW government commends AGL on its commitment to community engagement and ensuring that the concerns of the local community are addressed," he said.
A public hearing on the expansion due to be held on February 25 has also been postponed.
AGL has been producing CSG at Camden since 2001 with the operations providing about five per cent of NSW's natural gas needs.
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