Coal Seam Gas Moratorium Bill
The Bill would place a 12 month moratorium on the coal seam gas industry in NSW. It would also prohibit coal seam gas mining in the Sydney Metropolitan area.
The Bill will create a 12 month moratorium on this industry to give adequate time for an independent inquiry into the economic, social and environmental impacts. It will also prohibit coal seam gas activities in the Sydney Metropolitan Area.
This industry has not demonstrated it can operate safely. We need a moratorium now. Come along to learn more and show your support.
- Friday 3 June, 2.30pm
Jubilee Room, now the Waratah Room, NSW Parliament Macquarie St Sydney
The Greens are calling for a moratorium on coal seam gas development in NSW.
This industry has not been proven safe. Experience in Queensland and overseas has shown that coal seam gas (CSG) presents a significant risk to water supplies and is damaging agricultural and environmentally sensitive lands.
Coal Seam Gas Mining – The Risks
1. Waste water. Millions of litres of saline, chemical laden waste water is produced to obtain the gas. Industry has failed to demonstrate this water can be safely managed.
2. Depletion of aquifers. The extraction of water from the coal seam results in loses from fresh water aquifers that often support domestic uses.
3. Release of ‘fracking’ chemicals. Fracking can link saline and fresh water aquifers causing cross contamination and allow fracking chemicals and gas into drinking water.
4. CSG is not clean energy. The claims by industry of coal seam gas being a clean, low emission technology are not supported by science.
5. Land impacts. The surface infrastructure required for a CSG field destroys large areas of agriculture and environmentally sensitive land.
What the Greens are doing
• Introducing a Coal Seam Gas Moratorium Bill
• Calling for a prohibition of Coal Seam Gas in metropolitan areas
• Supporting tougher regulations to protect waterways and aquifers
• Calling for the roll out of large scale renewable energy