Labor should stop mucking about and ban coal seam gas everywhere

MEDIA RELEASE – 18 March 2014

The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today welcomed Labor’s announcement that they would ban coal seam gas in the Pilliga Forest near Narrabri, but said Luke Foley should quit mucking about with this election-oriented piecemeal approach and support the Greens position for a complete ban on coal seam gas in NSW.

“The people of NSW are overwhelmingly opposed to this toxic industry and it’s time for Luke Foley and the Labor party to bite the bullet and ban coal seam gas across the entire state,” Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said.

“With this latest announcement it is unclear whether Labor truly believes coal seam gas poses unacceptable enormous risks to our land, water, climate and communities, or are they still playing cynical electoral politics.

“I hope it is the former and that is why I am calling on Labor to stop mucking about, stand up to their gas industry donors, and ban coal seam gas everywhere.

“Why has the Labor Party chosen to protect the Northern Rivers and the Pilliga, but is refusing to protect Gloucester, Camden, Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and the rest of North-West NSW?” Mr Buckingham said.

Gurley Farmer and Greens Upper House candidate, Penny Blatchford said:

“Santos has gas exploration licenses from the Liverpool plains to the Queensland border, across the Gunnedah basin, and if coal seam gas is too much of a risk in the Pilliga and the Northern Rivers then surely the bread basket of NSW should be off limits too?

“Clearly this industry is unsafe. Farmers and regional communities across NSW are united, we want a permanent ban on coal seam gas.”

Contact: Jack Gough – 0427 713 101

Penny Blatchford – 0427 546 787

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