Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch and Member for Manly James Griffin have today welcomed the NSW Government’s formal opposition to PEP-11.
It follows a written recommendation from Deputy Premier John Barilaro to Federal Minister Keith Pitt to not renew the PEP-11 licence:
“I therefore recommend this application be refused. In addition, I do not support the application of 4 February 2021 for a further suspension and extension of the work program.”
Mr Crouch said there was no place for oil and gas drilling off the coast of Sydney, the Central Coast and Newcastle.
“Since 2017 I have strongly opposed PEP-11. I want to thank the Deputy Premier for listening to our community’s strong opposition and acting accordingly,” Mr Crouch said.
“I’m calling for the Federal Government to stop PEP-11 and stop putting our beaches and marine life at risk.”
Mr Griffin said the Pacific Ocean and its marine life was too precious to put at risk.
“A final decision on PEP-11 will be made by the Federal Minister under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act,” Mr Griffin said.
“I’d like to thank the community for their work and advocacy, and joining us on this issue that has been heard loud and clear by the NSW Government.”