AGL pull out of coal seam gas, time for Baird to ban it
Media Release – 4 February 2016
NSW Greens mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham welcomed the announcement by AGL that they were pulling the plug on coal seam gas in NSW and Qld, saying it showed the company wanted to transition itself to a clean future, and called on Premier Mike Baird to ban coal seam gas across NSW.
“This is a wonderful and smart strategic decision by AGL to get out of a fossil fuel that was floundering in the face of community opposition, concern about pollution and climate change, and an accelerated transition to renewable energy.
“The Greens recognise that AGL seems to be making a significant efforts to transition itself from climate baddie, to an energy company with a clean future. We hope this continues.
“With one deeply unpopular and troubled coal seam gas project left in NSW, it is time for Premier Baird to act and ban coal seam gas across the state.
“This decision shows that a social licence is necessary to operate in a community. Coal seam gas is opposed by the vast majority of people and coal is rapidly losing its social licence to operate in NSW.
“The Greens congratulate the efforts of so many people over so many years to oppose coal seam gas in the Gloucester Valley and share their joy of being able to move on with their lives knowing that their land and water is protected.