Campbelltown MP stands firm on coal seam gas

CAMPBELLTOWN MP Bryan Doyle has told AGL that it needs to "press the pause button" on plans to drill for coal seam gas underneath homes and backyards in Campbelltown.

Last week, Mr Doyle, together with Camden MP Chris Patterson and Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell, called on AGL to rethink its proposed northern expansion of the Camden Gas Project.

Mr Doyle met with AGL's government affairs manager David Spree and community relations manager Jenny O'Brien in Campbelltown on Thursday to discuss the plans.

"The only thing they went away with was a very deep perception about how unhappy the community is with them and their plans," Mr Doyle said. "I told them the community has no confidence at all in what they're proposing. I said if community support is an asset, you're bankrupt."

Mr Doyle said AGL had requested the meeting and denied they put pressure on him to back the project.

"It wouldn't matter if there was — I was elected to represent Campbelltown," he said. "I made it quite clear that I'll maintain my opposition to it."

Mr Doyle said the state government had put in place the toughest coal seam gas restrictions in the country.

Macquarie Fields Labor MP Andrew McDonald has also previously called for the state government to halt its coal seam gas mining in the region.

An AGL spokeswoman said company representatives welcomed the opportunity to discuss the project with local MPs.

"AGL has taken the valuable feedback received on board, and will continue to communicate with the community going forward."

Anti-coal seam gas bumper stickers and gate signs will be sold at an information session about the proposed northern expansion of AGL's Camden Gas Project this Saturday, December 15. The Scenic Hills Association will hold the public meeting between 11am and 1pm at HJ Daley Library in Campbelltown.

This will be the last information session the organisation holds about the project before the public submissions deadline on December 18.

What do you think of AGL's plans to mine for coal seam gas close to homes in Campbelltown? 

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