- Protect our land and water from mining.
- Honesty and integrity in politics
- Local jobs
- People before profits
- Improved heath and education services.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Coffs Coast Advocate opinion piece on CSG mining

Greg White of the Coffs Coast Advocate has researched the current positions of local Labor and National politicians on Coal Seam Gas mining.

' " Andrew Fraser in Coffs Harbour (not to be confused with the Queensland Labor deputy premier) may be biding his time as he hasn't really made a definitive comment either way.

Up the road, former Clarence incumbent Steve Cansdell was quoted in our sister newspaper The Northern Star on May 18 as backing gas miner Metgasco in their Casino venture. He was replying to calls from Federal Labor member for Page, Janelle Saffin, and independent Tony Windsor, for an exploration moratorium.........................

...Mr Stoner outlined a raft of measures taken by his government to "fix the loopholes and problems" .
When you read exactly what he says has to be done to make this industry even close to safe, who in their right mind would support it?

..member for Port Macquarie, Lesley Williams, "won't oppose mining".'

Coffs Coast Advocate October 22, 2011

Should we expect the National Party to oppose CSG mining?

Eastern Star Gas donated $22,850 to the National Party in 2009 according to the Election Funding Authority.

It was Labor that allowed so much CSG exploration. Even the exploration wells damage the aquifers.

“The industry’s admission that coal seam gas extraction will inevitably impact on aquifers should be a big red flag to the O’Farrell Government.

“Puncturing and draining multiple aquifers with thousands of coal seam gas wells will obviously have an effect, and should not be done in a rush for short-term profits," says Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

Send a message to the O'Farrell government and the Labor Party. Vote for Janet Cavanaugh, Greens candidate, in the Clarence by-election.

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