Coal mining on Liverpool Plains given virtual green light
16 September 2011
The Greens mining spokesperson, Jeremy Buckingham MLC, slammed the O’Farrell Government for selling out farmers in renewing the mining exploration licences for BHP and Shenhua Watermark on the Liverpool Plains.
“The renewal of coal exploration licences on the Liverpool Plains means our precious water resources and prime agricultural areas are a step closer to disaster,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“It’s taken barely six months and the O’Farrell Government has already caved into the mining industry.
“These licence renewals seem more like a concept plan approval, outlining the parameters under which the O’Farrell Government will allow our food growing areas to be mined for coal.
“Renewing the exploration licences before the completion of the Namoi Water Study shows the government’s disregard for protecting our precious water systems and agricultural land.
“These renewals pre-empt the Government’s own Strategic Regional Land Use Planning Process, a key election commitment designed to address the increasing land use conflict between mining and agriculture.
“The community has given the government a chance to fix the land use conflict. This decision shows they cannot be trusted.
“Farmers should ask Andrew Stoner why the Nationals have sold out agriculture to coal mining,” he said
Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916