PEP11 looms as new gas exploration wins Minister Keith Pitt's promotion

Matthew Kelly
By Matthew Kelly
Updated June 16 2021 - 9:37pm, first published 7:30pm
Deep dive: The Ocean Patriot drilling rig working 55 kilometres off Newcastle in December 2016

The Federal Government appears unable to make a determination on a contentious application to extend a gas exploration licence off the Hunter coast, at the same time as it has opened up bidding for exploratory drilling rights across 80,000 square kilometres of Commonwealth waters.

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Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly

Journalist

Matthew Kelly has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. He has been working as a general reporter at the Newcastle Herald since 2018. In recent years he has reported on subjects including environment, energy, water security, manufacturing and higher education. He has previously covered issues including the health and environmental impacts of uncovered coal wagons in the Hunter Valley, the pollution of legacy of former industrial sites and freedom of information issues.

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