CSG licence to be opposed

WOLLONDILLY MP Jai Rowell says he's heard his electorate "loud and clear" and will oppose a controversial coal seam gas licence in Oakdale.

Mr Rowell told state parliament on Thursday it was important the community knew he opposed any Apex and Ormil Energy's application to extend its coal seam gas exploration operation in Oakdale.

"(My electorate) does not want this proposal in Oakdale to proceed any further and nor do I," he said.

Planning Minister Brad Hazzard met with Stop CSG Sydney Water Catchment members in Oakdale on Sunday.

Stop CSG spokesman Will D'Arcy said Mr Hazzard travelled to Oakdale to set things straight.

"He came out to let us know, how he was depicted in the media (on Friday) was not how he feels," he said.

"Then we had a good two hours to make our case."

Mr D'Arcy told the Advertiser that Mr Hazzard had promised further meetings with the group.

"This industry has no place in the water catchment," he said.

Apex and Ormil Energy exploration manager Gerard Pol confirmed yesterday that the energy company would apply for an extension to its production exploration licence at Oakdale.

"It's an information gathering exercise at the moment," he said.

"Development is a long way away."


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