The latest victim of landowner resistance to coal seam gas is Planet Gas which has announced its withdrawal from coal seam gas activities in the state under farm-in agreements with Leichhardt Resources.
Planet Gas had tenements at Bylong, Shoalhaven and the north-west of NSW.
Lock the Gate Alliance president, Drew Hutton, said this was one more victory for the Lock the Gate movement which had already seen off Metgasco from the Northern Rivers and Dart from the Newcastle area.
"I would like to congratulate Penny Blatchford and the whole Bellata-Gurley area which voted 100 per cent against having coal seam gas," Mr Hutton said.
"This important victory shows how successful our strategy of locking the gate and blockading aggressive moves from the companies has been.
"We will now concentrate on AGL in the Hunter and at Gloucester and Santos on the Liverpool Plains and the Pilliga forest as well as the Arrow project in southern Queensland."
The Lock the Gate Alliance is the umbrella organisation of community groups fighting against irresponsible coal and unconventional gas mining across Australia.