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Sunday, 4 December 2011

Extension of fracking moratorium welcome

Contrary to the advice provided by Chris Gulaptis MP during the by-election campaign, fracking has not been banned in NSW. It is however subject to a moratorium that was due to to expire at the end of the year.

We cautiously welcome the extension of this moratorium for 4 months.


2 December 2011

The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham has cautiously welcomed the four month extension of the moratorium on fracking in NSW. The government is heading in the right direction by recognising the need for a precautionary approach to coal seam gas, as had been the call of the Greens for at least 18 months.

"Extending the ban on fracking is a sensible decision that the Greens welcome, but should be extended to the whole industry," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

"Our water resources are precious and the precautionary approach to drilling and fracking is required, as the Senate Inquiry recently recommended.

"The government must ensure that the review of fracking processes is transparent and accessible for the public.

"The Minister should clarify whether the fracking ban pertains to existing approvals such as AGL's operations at Camden and Menangle Park?

"While welcome, this announcement continues the piecemeal approach to coal seam gas by the O'Farrell Government.

"What the community wants is a moratorium on the entire industry until the science is clear, strategic regional land use plans have been completed and accepted by the community, and the aquifer interference regulation has been finalised to the satisfaction of farmers and experts," he said.

Fracking has been banned in France. There is a moratorium in South Africa. It has been associated with earthquakes in the United Kingdom. Water contamination has been blamed on fracking in the United States and New York is currently moving to ban fracking within 1200m of critical water catchments.

Contact: Max Phillips - 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916

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