O’Farrell breaks election promise, threatens drinking water catchment

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MEDIA RELEASE – 19 February 2014

Water not coalThe Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today condemned the O’Farrell government for breaking a key pre-election commitment that no mining would occur in water catchments by recommending approval of the Wallarah 2 coal mine on the central coast.

“This is a complete betrayal of the people of NSW,” Mr Buckingham said.

“By saying one thing and then doing another, Barry O’Farrell has undermined any confidence that people had in his government’s ability to protect their communities.”

“The government won key Central Coast seats in the last election by guaranteeing that they would ensure critical water catchments are not compromised by mining development”

“With the approval of this mine this promise has been trashed and, if the current ICAC investigations into the previous mining Minister were not proof enough, this demonstrates that the O’Farrell government is as bad as the former Labor administration.”

“O’Farrells promise to the community was iron-clad, speaking at a campaign rally on 28 February 2008, he said:

“The next Liberal-National government … will ensure that mining can’t occur in any water catchment area, and will ensure that mining leases and mining exploration permits reflect that common sense.  No Ifs, no buts, a guarantee”

“This recommendation should be swiftly and completely rejected and Barry O’Farrell must introduce legislation which will make it clear that mining in drinking water catchments is not permissible.”

“We are talking about the extraction of 5 million tonnes per year for 30 years from the drinking water catchment of Wyong and this is simply unacceptable.”

Video footage of Barry O’Farrell delivering is ‘No ifs, no buts’ guarantee is available here:

http://www.jeremybuckingham.org/barry-ofarrell-on-mining-in-water-catchments/

Contact: Jack Gough 9230 2202 or 0427 713 101

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