OUTRAGE over coal seam gas mining in residential areas has prompted AGL Energy to request the suspension of the state government assessment into the proposed northern expansion of the Camden Gas Project.
This will include postponing the NSW Planning Assessment Commission's public hearing scheduled for February 25.
The proposed expansion penetrates Liverpool borders with Denham Court marked for at least two of the drill sites. The Denham Court sites would be located just 250 metres apart, and only one kilometre from residential land.
AGL group manager for Upstream Gas Mike Moraza said AGL understood the community concern regarding the proposal and believed the suspension would allow AGL to adequately address all concerns.
He said the proposed project had the potential to supply approximately 580,000 NSW homes with natural gas.
"It would reduce the reliance on gas supplies from interstate, which will be required to alleviate future gas supply shortages," he said.
"The existing operations at Camden have been producing coal seam gas since 2001 and currently provides approximately five per cent of the state's natural gas needs."
Liverpool Council has sent their submission to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, opposing the plans.
The expansion, known as Stage 3, involves drilling 66 wells at 11 locations across Camden and the Scenic Hills.
Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said the proposed development posed a risk to the natural and social environment of Liverpool.
To view the council's submission visit: liverpool.nsw.gov.au.