|Boggabri coal mine|
The Greens congratulate the farmers and community activists who have had the courage to stand up with the Greens against the coal seam gas mining industry
"But it is too populist for Barry O'Farrell to say he wants to protect urban areas whilst leaving farmers open to coal seam gas interests walking straight onto their land with all the same adverse impacts that Barry now says is unacceptable for people who live in towns." Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.
"Barry O'Farrell is using coal seam gas as a political football to facilitate votes for Tony Abbott in Western Sydney. He's not concerned at all about agricultural land, water or the environment.
"It's completely unacceptable after giving the green light to coal seam gas all over NSW, having pushed and promoted coal mining and coal expansion at Whitehaven and Boggabri and cheering on the massive Gloucester CSG field to pretend he now cares about the impacts coal seam gas.
"It is too little, too late for Barry O'Farrell.
"Who would believe that there would be any rigour to environmental impacts of coal seam gas permits given recent history.
"Coal seam gas is a fossil fuel industry and it makes no sense to develop a new fossil fuel at the end of the fossil fuel age."