Baird govt cancels two CSG exploration licences

THE Baird government has cancelled two coal seam gas exploration licences in northern New South Wales.

The licences covered huge areas of the Upper Hunter and Northern Tablelands regions, and were held by exploration company Pangaea Resources.

Resources and Energy Minister Anthony Roberts said the government buy-back was an effort to scale back Labor's "disgraceful legacy" of allowing almost half of NSW to be covered by exploration licences or applications.

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham called the move a ploy to divert attention from a Coalition plan to roll out CSG projects across the state after this month's election.

"The Liberal and Nationals parties have made their support for a roll-out of toxic gas fields across NSW clear," he said.

"The public will not be fooled by this cynical political move to cancel a couple of petroleum licences while renewing others in the Northern Rivers and supporting fracking at Gloucester and the Pilliga."