MPs oppose gas well project

Undermined: Camden MP Chris Patterson, Campbelltown MP Bryan Doyle and Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell have called on the public to make submissions on the proposed northern expansion of the Camden Gas Project. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale
Undermined: Camden MP Chris Patterson, Campbelltown MP Bryan Doyle and Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell have called on the public to make submissions on the proposed northern expansion of the Camden Gas Project. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

THERE'S nothing necessarily wrong with coal seam gas — it just doesn't need to be extracted from underneath homes in Macarthur.

That's the view of Macarthur's three state Liberal MPs Bryan Doyle (Campbelltown), Chris Patterson (Camden) and Jai Rowell (Wollondilly), who have called on AGL to rethink a proposed expansion of its coal seam gas operations in the region.

The next stage of the Camden Gas Project, if approved, would see 66 gas wells drilled close to homes in Kearns, Varroville, Eschol Park, Gregory Hills and Currans Hill.

AGL insists coal seam gas is a "low emissions, low impact and low risk industry" and says the project would create jobs and boost the state's gas supply.

Camden MP Chris Patterson said he didn't support AGL's plans to mine under homes.

"We want to be quite clear: the government is now at arm's length, the Planning Assessment Commission makes its decision and I still have full confidence in the PAC.

"I encourage anybody who feels they'll be affected to get a submission in by December 18.

"Don't be silent — let us know."

Plans for the northern expansion of the Camden Gas Project can be viewed at majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au. Submissions close on December 18.