Labor’s patchwork position on coal seam gas needs to be clarified

MEDIA RELEASE –29 October 2014

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson, Jeremy Buckingham called on Labor to clarify their position on coal seam gas in relation to AGL’s Gloucester project and Santos’ Pilliga project, after Labor Leader John Robertson added the Clarence Valley to the list of areas where CSG would be banned by a Labor government.

“With this new announcement, the Labor Party continue their ad hoc approach to coal seam gas that seems motivated more by political expediency than any philosophical or scientific concern,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“John Robertson needs to put on the record what the Labor Party’s position is on fracking in the Gloucester Valley, as well as Santos’ coal seam gas proposal for the Narrabri area.  If he fails to do this then his ad hoc announcements in the Northern Rivers will be exposed as a cynical political exercise likely to be reversed once he is ensconced in power.

“Just south of Gloucester, AGL are now fracking – a licence that the former Labor government granted.  This is ground zero for coal seam gas in NSW right now, and John Robertson should inform the public as to whether Labor supports fracking in Gloucester.

“Earlier this week the Greens announced our policy of complete and unconditional opposition to coal seam gas,” he said.

Contact: Max Phillips – 0419 444 916

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