A friendly reminder to the new Minister on coal-seam gas promise
28 April 2011
Greens MLC Jeremy Buckingham has written to the government calling on them to honour their pre-election promise of a implementing a tough new transition period for mining and coal-seam gas exploration ‘within one month of taking office’ and to publicly release the details of how this transition period will operate.
The government promised to implement a transition period on mining and coal-seam gas exploration within one month of taking office in their ‘Strategic Regional Land Use’ pre-election policy document.
“I’ve written a friendly reminder to the Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, reminding her of the government’s promise to implement a transitional period for mining and coal-seam gas within one month of taking office,” said Mr Buckingham.
“Prior to the election, the Nationals promised a ‘precautionary approach’ to coal-seam gas exploration. Now let’s see the detail.
“Given the number of unknowns surrounding coal-seam gas extraction and its effect on water, agricultural productivity, the environment, and human health, a precautionary approach should be a moratorium until it is proven safe and sustainable.
“The government also promised to protect ‘strategic agricultural lands’ from mining approvals and exploration during the transitional period. Farmers now need to see the details on how ‘strategic agricultural lands’ will be defined and assessed.
“The transition period was the first milestone in the new government’s ‘Strategic Regional Land Use’. The Greens will be holding the government to account and ensuring the interests of farmers and the community are put before those of the big mining corporations.”
Contact: Max Phillips (02) 9230 2202