NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into coal seam gas established
5 August 2011
The General Purpose Standing Committee No. 5 has unanimously agreed yesterday to inquire into and report on the environmental, economic and social impacts of coal seam gas activities. The broad terms of reference of this inquiry means it will be the most comprehensive parliamentary inquiry into the coal seam gas in Australia.
“The coal seam gas industry does not have a social licence to operate in NSW. This inquiry is essentially about whether it should be granted a social licence,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“I am very pleased to have bipartisan support for what will be the most comprehensive inquiry to be conducted into all issues relating to the coal seam gas industry.
“I congratulate the Government, the Opposition and the Shooters and Fishers Party for their support and their recognition of the just how serious the issue coal seam gas is for NSW and the need for this inquiry.
“The terms of reference for this coal seam gas inquiry are broad, in recognition that this industry could have massive environmental, land use, health and social impacts for NSW.
“This inquiry will provide a forum for the hundreds of community groups and experts concerned about the coal seam gas industry to put these concerns to parliamentarians.
“This comes at a vital time with massive plans for expansion of the gas industry on the planning books and community concern building to a crescendo.
“The Greens believe that expansion of the industry should be put on hold until the inquiry has been conducted and reported. We need a full moratorium now.
“The establishment of this inquiry is a big win for communities who are concerned about coal seam gas.”
Contact: Max Phillips – 0419 444 916