16 May 2012
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham congratulated Richmond Valley Council for placing a moratorium on coal seam gas and said the growing number of local council resolutions was a demonstration that the industry has not got a social licence to operate in NSW.
After initially backing coal seam gas, Richmond Valley Council voted unanimously last night to implement a moratorium on coal seam gas on council owned land. http://bit.ly/K3c3Ck
"The growing number of local councils around NSW implementing their own ban on coal seam gas is a clear indication that the industry has not earned a social licence to operate in NSW," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
"Local government is acting to fill the void left by the state government's failure to implement a moratorium on coal seam gas.
"Santos Chief Executive David Knox's assertion that opposition to coal seam gas has "peaked" is just wishful thinking. We saw a massive rally in Sydney recently, and 7,000 people marched through Lismore just last weekend. Community understanding and concern continues to grow.
"Last week Marrickville Council voted against allowing coal seam gas at St Peters, and Dart Energy canned their plans to drill. Narrabri Council is considering a motion to stop coal seam gas; Lismore Council has a moratorium; Moree Council, Leichhardt Council, Kyogle Council, Tweed, Byron, Wollongong Council, Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly have all expressed concern.
"There is nothing like a looming election to focus the mind of elected officials, and Councillors across NSW are recognising that the community wants to protect their land and water from the threat of coal seam gas."
"Congratulations to Richmond Valley Council for standing up for their community and a healthy environment," he said.
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