DART Energy has been ordered not to drill for coal seam gas at Fullerton Cove for the time being until a decision is made on the need for an Environmental Impact Study.
Residents applied to the Land and Environment Court for an injunction as they continue legal moves to have the project shelved for good.
DART will be restrained from any work apart from basic site preparation.
The company has taken out a half page ad in today’s Newcastle Herald saying coal seam gas is needed to prevent a major energy supply problem in NSW, which in turn would lead to higher gas prices.