AUSTRALIAN COURT OVERTURNS COMPANY’S DRILLING SUSPENSION

04/27/2015

The Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia, overturned a license suspension that has prohibited the energy company Metgasco from proceeding with a major gas-drilling project on the state's northern coast since May 2014. The suspension, issued by the Office of Coal Seam Gas, was declared unlawful due in part to the office's consideration of negative responses during the company's community consultation process. The court said the office should have considered the quality of the consultation process itself, not its outcome. While Metgasco will likely resume drilling operations immediately, environmental organizations have advocated for legislation to prevent the extraction of gas in the region. For the full story, see http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/metgasco-wins-court-challenge-to-resume-gas-drilling-at-bentley-site-20150424-1ms87n.html.