Coal seam gas protest targets AGM

MACARTHUR residents worried about the impacts of coal seam gas mining voiced their concerns at a protest timed to coincide with AGL's annual general meeting in the city on Friday.

About 70 anti-coal seam gas protesters from Campbelltown, Camden, Gloucester and Dalton protested outside the meeting at the City Recital Hall in the Sydney CBD.

Scenic Hills Association member Jacqui Kirkby said 10 people represented the local organisation on the day to show their disapproval of the northern expansion of the Camden Gas Project.

The expansion could see an additional 72 coal seam gas wells drilled in the Scenic Hills area from Mount Annan in the south to Denham Court in the north.

Protesters at Friday's meeting carried signs which read "No gas plant" and "What's the smell, AGL?" and handed out information leaflets to shareholders.

"We wanted shareholders to see through AGL's claims that the Camden Gas Project has been 'well accepted' out here.

"We also wanted to give shareholders the other side of the story, all the things that AGL is not telling the wider community.

"AGL claims 'coexistence' with other land use in these communities.

"Yet it's the disgraceful treatment of communities like ours, the Hunter, Gloucester and Dalton by AGL, and by successive NSW governments that is one of the key things we have in common."

AGL says the Camden Gas Project is needed to meet future energy needs.

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