‘Hanging over the heads of communities’: Government under pressure to remove ‘zombie’ licences

Pressure is mounting on the Berejiklian government to make good on its promise to extinguish fossil fuel extraction rights on the rich farmlands of the Liverpool Plains with two bills set to go before the NSW upper house.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro last week told farmers at Breeza, south of Gunnedah, that the government would follow up its $100 million buyout of plans for an open-cut coal mine by China’s Shenhua Corporation with purchases of petroleum exploration licences (PELs) held by Santos.

Read the full article in the Sydney Morning Herald here