NSW must follow Victoria’s lead and ban fracking

MEDIA RELEASE – 30 August 2016

The Greens NSW Resources and Energy spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham was ecstatic to hear the news today that Victoria will permanently ban exploration and development of unconventional gas, including coal seam gas and fracking, and called on Mike Baird to follow suit and ban fracking in NSW.

“The Greens are calling on Mike Baird to end the uncertainty for communities by following Victoria’s lead and banning coal seam gas and fracking permanently and setting a course towards a renewable energy future,” Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said.

“This is an incredible victory for those farmers, Greens and environmentalists who have worked together to highlight the risks of unconventional gas and demonstrate the clear community opposition to toxic gasfields.

“NSW demonstrated that the community opposition to coal seam gas was a powerful community and electoral force and the Victorian Government has clearly recognised that with this decision today.

“I was pleased to recently tour regional Victoria with my Greens colleague Ellen Sandal to talk about the dangers of unconventional gas.

“NSW Labor already opposes coal seam gas in certain areas of NSW, they should go one step further and adopt a complete ban policy like their Victorian counterparts,” Mr Buckingham said.

Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916

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