PEG is part of the Save Our Coast campaign to prevent gas rigs being built off our coast.
In 2018 a company called Asset Energy was granted a licence to explore for natural gas under the sea bed off the Central Coast, in a zone called PEP11 (Petroleum Exploration Licence 110). The first phase of the exploration process involved seismic testing, deafening underwater sonic blasts to echo-locate areas of hollow rock on the ocean floor that could contain gas. Seismic testing has a devastating impact on marine life such as whales and dolphins. In December 2019, after two years of campaigning by Save Our Coast, including a petition with more than 60,000 signatures, Asset announced it would cancel seismic testing but instead proceed directly to drilling an exploratory gas rig in PEP11. No start date has been given but Asset initially said it would be in 2020.
The threat of gas rigs along our coast is very real. PEP 11 lies in federal government waters and the federal government is extremely pro-gas and captured by the gas lobby. Gas exploration will create toxic pollution and contribute to global warming at a time when we need to be focusing all our efforts on switching to clean energy sources like wind and solar.
If you don’t want gas rigs off our beaches, support the Save Our Coast campaign.
… and coal…
Only a few kilometres north of the Woy Woy Peninsula, a Korean company called Kores has been given approval to build a huge coalmine in Wyong called Wallarah 2. The coalmine would stretch under the Central Coast’s drinking water catchment, threaten native bushland and koala habitat and, again, contribute to global warming when we should be moving away from fossil fuels. The most active group campaigning against Wallarah 2 at this time is the Coastal Environment Alliance.