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Mining company, CEEMAC, has applied to the State Government for permission to explore for petroleum in Lithgow and Dubbo. Chris McPherson from Ceemac says in a written statement that its search for oil and gas will include working with people in the region. He says the consultations will ensure the exploration work is done professionally, respectfully and sensitively. Lithgow Council will contact the company for more information. The Dubbo mayor Matthew Dickerson has welcomed Ceemac's interest in the area. "If it's exploration, in my opinion then they're more than welcome to do that," Councillor Dickinson said. He says Dubbo Council will also need more details about the proposed exploration.

"Well certainly we need more information," he said.

"At the mmoment it is only an exploration licence.

"There's obviously no mining is going to occur.

"They're just going to try and see what is available out here in this area and from our perspective that's a good thing.

"If people are interested in our region. If people want to inject money into our economy in this region then more than happy for them to come along and have a look at that."

The Greens fear the exploration will lead to coal seam gas developments.