Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

RVC Wants Cash and a Baseline

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

RVC Wants Cash and a Baseline

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HAMISH BROOME

Hamish.broome@northernstar.com.au

RICHMOND Valley Council seeks baseline data, royalties and higher standards from the coal seam gas industry and the State Government in its official position on CSG released yesterday.

The statement, approved at Tuesdayas meeting, followed a two-day council visit to Darling Downs CSG fields last month.

The statement basically aligns the council with the stated positions of both industry and government with some fine tuning and some concessions.

aAt the end of the day, weare not taking sides on this... what weare trying to do is take the middle ground,a Richmond Valley mayor Ernie Bennett said. aWe want the community to be well informed about the industry.a

The council has called on the State Government to conduct adequate baseline air and water testing, establish a government inspector in Casino and a royalties program to return industry taxes to the community.

aWe want a bite of the cherry too,a Cr Bennett declared. …

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