Subject: [Greens-Media] 6 October 2011
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining, Jeremy Buckingham MLC, is concerned that the government has decided to back the coal seam gas industry over farmers and community, after the government submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into coal seam gas was released yesterday.
"This submission shows that the National Party has either been rolled, or is utterly ineffective at protecting farmers rights," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
The Government's submission says:
"The NSW Government believes that balanced co-existence of mining (including CSG) and agriculture is not only possible, it is essential." (Page 2)
"Many farmers were under the impression that the government would protect agricultural land and precious water resources from coal and gas mining. They will be shocked that the government considers co-existence essential," said Mr Buckingham.
"The government's position on greenhouse emissions from coal seam gas is directly sourced from the industry body. The assertion that fugitive emissions from coal seam gas are low, contradicts most research findings and the November 2010 findings of the US Environmental Protection Agency.
"It's obvious that Resources and Energy Minister Chris Hartcher currently has the whip hand when it comes to the coal seam gas issue in this government.
"The Greens hope the government will listen and take seriously the findings of the current Parliamentary Inquiry into coal seam gas. With over 900 submissions, there is clearly a great deal of concern in the community," he said.
The Parliamentary Inquiry is continuing with hearings around NSW. It will report in April 2012.
The government submission is at: http://tiny.cc/vluzf
Contact: Max Phillips - 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916