Greens welcome govt move to shut down NuCoal exploration
MEDIA RELEASE 1 December 2011
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham has cautiously welcomed Minister Hartcher’s request to suspend NuCoal’s exploration activities around Jerrys Plains, including drilling on legally blind farmer Ian Moore’s property, until the ICAC Inquiry has reported.
“Minister Hartcher’s action on NuCoal, which will help protect farmers Ian and Robyn Moore’s property, is great news and a sensible decision,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“The NuCoal project has had a stench about it from day one, and the way it has forced its way on to farmer’s property against their wishes was alarming.
“Mr Moore’s fight to honour his pledge to his father to “look after the place” is highly commendable and deserves the support of government, even if this particular action has been initiated by the ICAC Inquiry.
“The recognition that NuCoal should cease exploration should not be just an ad hoc political fix, but hopefully signals a change in attitude to protect farms, communities and important environments from irresponsible mining activities.
“The law around mining access needs reform. Currently it is geared towards facilitating access for mining companies. The rights of landholders should carry more weight before the law.
“If Barry O’Farrell fails to act, the Greens will look at legislative options to give the above ground operations of landholders increased weight before the law.”
Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916