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

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

We want a ban on coal seam gas drilling in our special 'country'.

Janet Cavanaugh said, "The coalition is claiming the Liverpool Plains represents a special case for not continuing drilling for coal seam gas.

"I happen to believe the Clarence and Richmond Valleys also represent a special case. Minister for Western NSW Humphries may believe his 'country' is special. We want a ban on coal seam gas drilling in our special 'country'."

Coal seam gas blowing up Coalition

Media Release - Jeremy Buckingham MLC  - 14 November 2011

Desperate National Party members have broken ranks on coal seam gas only to be reigned in by their Liberal colleague, with Resources Minister Chris Hartcher slapping down the Minister for Western NSW, Kevin Humphries today after Humprhies promised an announcement that coal seam gas pilot production would be halted.

Greens Mining Spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said Nationals MP Kevin Humphries was on the right track in defending rural communities from the threat of coal seam gas and should not tolerate being reigned in by his Liberal colleague Chris Hartcher who said there would be no change to coal seam gas policy.

"This is a massive rebuke for the National Party and the Coalition is in complete disarray on coal seam gas," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

"If Kevin Humphries can't deliver on the pending announcement he promised this morning, then he will have lost the confidence of the people of Barwon and Western NSW.

"Labor's reversal on coal seam gas policy has left the government exposed out on a political limb.  Nervous Nationals are now starting to break ranks, while the pro-industry Liberal Minister attempts to reign them in.

"The government's handling of this is a dog's breakfast and Barry O'Farrell needs to step in.

"The Greens Coal Seam Gas Moratorium Bill won't pick winners and losers as the O'Farrell Government seems to be attempting with its ad hoc announcements.  The Bill will press pause on the industry state-wide for 12 months while we investigate whether it should be granted a social licence," he said.

Jeremy Buckingham will tour Santos' coal seam gas operations in the Narrabri area with the Legislative Council Inquiry into the industry on Tuesday.  Hearings will be held in Narrabri on Wednesday and a hearing will be conducted at Parliament House on Thursday.

Contact: Max Phillips - 9230 2202  or  0419 444 916

The following Coalition MPs have CSG activities and significant community opposition in their electorates:
Kevin Anderson (Nat) from Tamworth,
Kevin Humphries (Nat) from Barwon,
George Souris (Nat) from Upper Hunter,
Pru Goward (Lib)from Goulburn,
Brian Doyle (Lib) from Campbelltown,
Thomas George (Nat) from Lismore
Steve Bromhead (Nat) from Myall Lakes
Andrew Stoner (Nat) from Oxley
Tim Owen (Lib) from Newcastle
Craig Baumann (Lib) from Port Stephens
Lee Evans (Lib) from Heathcote
Geoff Provest (Nats) from Tweed
Gareth Ward (Lib) Kiama

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