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Tension between gas company and community continues


Source: abc.net.au, 23 January 2014


Energy giant AGL is changing tack in efforts to promote its coal seam gas operations in the Hunter.

The company says there has been a lack of public interest in its Singleton shopfront and it will now promote its industry at its Yellow Rock property near Broke.

It wants to establish a coal seam gas hub in the winemaking region, angering vignerons.

AGL spokeswoman Julie Delvecchio says the company is working hard to show that its operations and wineries can co-exist.

"And we've listened to the community in this regard," she said.

"So our site tours and our website, all of the channels where people can reach out to us, really demonstrate that we're committed to working with the community and demonstrating that we can operate side by side.

"So we hope that overtime, we'll be able to earn the trust of the community to show that we can operate in the Hunter community."

Ms Delvecchio says the company already has projects in place showing how co-existence could be achieved.

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