Coalition declares war on farmers and communities by backing coal seam gas*
MEDIA RELEASE – 18 September 2013
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham said new federal Resources Minister Ian Macfarlane had effectively declared war on farmers and communities resisting coal seam gas after he labelled opponents “noisy protesters” and “minority groups”, citing “the need to make sure we get this gas out of the ground” in NSW as the “most urgent resource issue” for the new government.
“The Abbott Government has declared war on the farmers and communities around NSW who are trying to protect their land and water from the threat posed by coal seam gas,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“Export LNG is creating an entirely artificial gas supply problem, yet rather than reserve gas for domestic supply, the Coalition looks set to let coal seam gas rip across the landscape.
“The Abbott Government seems willing to risk agriculture and water resources, so that a few large oil companies can export LNG to Asian markets. Their priorities are back-to-front.
“The question is now whether the National Party, and MPs like Barnaby Joyce, will have the guts to stand up their Coalition colleagues?
“A domestic gas reservation policy that reserves some conventional gas for domestic use is the best way to solve the gas supply problem without wrecking NSW with coal seam gas,” he said.
* Also know in Doublespeak as ‘natural gas from coal seams’.
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