Head of Trade and Investment confirms: No protection against CSG in Sydney water catchment

MEDIA RELEASE – 24 November 2014

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham has condemned the Baird Government for completely failing to protect Sydney’s drinking water catchments against coal seam gas exploration and prospecting, after the Director General of Trade and Investment, Mark Patterson, confirmed in Budget Estimates that there is currently no legislation to protect any of NSW’s drinking water catchments including the Special Areas of the Sydney catchment.

“The people of NSW now know that the Government’s commitment to ban CSG in drinking water catchments ‘No ifs, no buts, a guarantee’ was a lie,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

In a supplementary Budget Estimates hearing for the portfolio of Trade and Investment Mr Patterson admitted he was unaware of any legislation which prevents coal seam gas operations in the special areas of the Sydney water catchment or in any other drinking water catchment:

Mr JEREMY BUCKINGHAM: I turn now to mining in water catchments. Is there any legislation that prevents coal seam gas exploration occurring in the special areas of the Sydney water catchment?

Mr PATERSON: Not that I am aware of.

Mr JEREMY BUCKINGHAM: Does any legislation prevent coal seam gas exploration occurring in New South Wales drinking water catchments?

Mr PATERSON: Not that I am aware of.

“The Government have had three years to introduce legislation to protect vital drinking catchments throughout the state but they have sat on their hands and have failed the people of NSW.

“Sydneysiders should be particularly concerned that the government refuses to rule out toxic coal seam gas development in the special areas of their drinking water catchment.

“By refusing to enshrine protections in legislation, the Baird Government is recklessly risking the safety and security of our drinking water supply,” said Mr Buckingham.

Contact: Jack Gough – 0427 713 101 or 9230 2202


  • Jeremy, this media release I really want to thank you. We, the community with numbers amassing, , ,
    thank you ! O’Farrell, then yesterday Mike Baird’s rant ( https://mail.google.com/mail/?tab=wm#inbox/149dc6e9a0482c21) – different names same brush strokes, what a sham.
    Illawarra SCSG Thank You


  • Chris Lawrence, Apex Energy

    Dear Jeremy – You should get your facts straight (as you know) the statement you quote ‘No ifs, no buts, a guarantee’, which has been widely used, was made by Mr O’Farrell prior to his becoming Premier, and at no point in his speech did he refer to “gas” or “CSG”. I believe his context was toward coal mining at the time. But why let little distortions get in the way of a good story!.


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