SOME Byaduk residents have lost their trust in the State Government’s handling of unconventional gas after The Spectator revealed how the Energy Minister left them unaware of permits in their area for months.
‘Lock the Gate Alliance’, a driving force behind anti-gas activism, has already been active in the area but residents say they have heard nothing from the gas and oil companies or the Minister.
Byaduk farmer, Aggie Stevenson said “what little trust I had to begin with is now gone.”
A spokesperson for the Minister, Russell Northe, told The Spectator that breaches of the Petroleum Act had occurred late last year after new exploration permits had not been announced for up to 190 days.
The Act states all exploration licences “must” be gazetted to the public 14 days after being granted.
Mr Northe’s office said the delay was a “mistake” and the government department that was directly responsible said it was the result of an “administrative oversight.”
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