STOP CSG: Northern Rivers protesters at the Bentley Blockade worked hard to stop CSG in the region.
STOP CSG: Northern Rivers protesters at the Bentley Blockade worked hard to stop CSG in the region. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Could CSG ever return to the Northern Rivers?

IT WAS the topic that dominated the last NSW election but this time around Coal Seam Gas (CSG) doesn't seem to be on the voters' radar.

This week energy experts in the Daily Telegraph called for governments to reconsider CSG in order to bring down power prices.

But in a region where CSG was make or break for many politicians four years ago, most candidates running in the 2019 election agree CSG has no place on the Northern Rivers and never will.

A Northern Star online readers poll also showed nobody who voted in the poll considered CSG to be their top issue as they get ready to vote tomorrow.

While every candidate opposed the return of CSG, Australian Conservative candidate Paul Collits said it would be "absolutely foolish" to rule out using particular technologies like CSG to harness ways to reduce power prices.

But that idea doesn't seem to sit well with the other candidates, who are all proposing alternative approaches to ensure household energy costs are drastically reduced.

Independent candidate for Lismore Greg Bennett said hydro dams needed to be built across the country to lower energy prices.

Meanwhile, a fight over regulating the electricity network seems to be on the horizon, as both Labor and the Coalition put forward their plans to provide better energy policies.

"To lower prices there must be more energy supply and to create more supply we must create more certainty in energy policy which will encourage investment," Nationals candidate for Lismore Austin Curtin said.

But Labor's Lismore candidate Janelle Saffin said re-regulating the electricity networks would bring prices down.

"Labor is also committed to turbo charge the renewable energy market and supporting a mass conversion to solar in homes, schools and businesses," she said.

Greens candidate for Lismore Sue Higginson supported the push towards renewable energies.

"With the necessary investment renewable are proven providers of base-load power, as examples in South Australia has shown," she said.

Meanwhile, Animal Justice Party candidate for Lismore Alison Waters said she supported clean energy solutions and transitioning away from animal agriculture and set renewable energy targets.

Sustainable Australia candidate David Taylor stood by his party's stance on imposing a moratorium on CSG until a thorough and independent review completed.