When the proposal for Advent Energy to conduct seismic testing off the coast of Newcastle was approved by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority, many residents and councillors were left shocked and disappointed.
Gas drilling has been a dirty subject for a while after it was shown how much damage has been done to our Great Barrier Reef and oceans health.
But now Advent Energy has been given the all clear to proceed with testing along the Hunter's coastline, much to the displeasure of Greens Councillor John Mackenzie.
"This is very much a backwards step", he said. "Drilling for gas here would be a burden on the community, economy and the environment".
Cr Mackenzie will be pushing for Newcastle City Council to request help from either the State or Federal Governments at a council meeting this Tuesday.
"No-one in Newcastle wants to see our pristine coastline ruined and it's important council takes a stance that reflects this".
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Photo source; The West Australian