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Greens & community win on coal seam gas as Santos deadline passes

MEDIA RELEASE – 23 January 2015

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy today declared that the Greens, farmers and the community had won the debate over coal seam gas over the last four years saying the industry had been stopped in its tracks.  He cited Santos’ announcement yesterday that they would not proceed with the Narrabri coal seam gas project until the “back end of the decade”, as well as the expiry today of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the NSW Government and Santos to fast-track the Narrabri coal seam gas project.

In February 2014, the NSW Government signed an MOU with Santos declaring the Narrabri gas project a ‘Strategic Energy Project’. The MOU included a timeline in which Santos were due to lodge their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on 30 June 2014, and the final planning determination was to be made today, 23 January 2015.  Santos have still not lodged their EIS and the final determination date has now passed.

“The Greens, farmers and the community have won the campaign against coal seam gas.  The community are informed and dead set against fracking, and the industry has either packed up and left NSW, or their projects are at standstill,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“When the Coalition took office in March 2011, coal seam gas was set to roll out in the suburbs of Sydney and Sydney’s drinking water catchment, across the Hunter Valley, at Gloucester, throughout the Liverpool Plains and up to Moree, as well as in the Northern Rivers, Mid-North Coast, Newcastle,  and Southern Highlands.

“After four years campaigning the industry is now banned in urban areas, has been crushed by strident community opposition in the Northern Rivers, and even the giant Narrabri project has fallen over.

“Driving around many regions of NSW, yellow ‘No Gas’ triangles, Lock the Gate signs and ‘No Coal Seam Gas’ bumper stickers are everywhere.  In the last four years, the community uprising against coal seam gas has become the biggest environmental and social movement seen in NSW for decades.

“Santos’ Narrabri gas project appears dead. The MOU has expired, Santos have slashed their capital expenditure by hundreds of millions, and the project is on hold as they desperately try to sell down their stake in the project.

“The issue of coal seam gas is sure to be a big factor for many voters at the coming election, and the Greens are very proud of our track record on this issue,” he said.

Working hard to oppose coal seam gas in NSW Parliament

In direct relation to coal seam gas in the last term of parliament, Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham has given:

  • 73 speeches
  • 68 Questions on Notice
  • 74 questions without Notice
  • 260 questions in budget estimates
  • 39 Notices of Motion
  • 3 calls for papers (production of documents)
  • 4 Bills into Parliament:
  • Coal Seam Gas Moratorium Bill 2011
  • Responsible Mining (Protect Land, Water & Communities) Bill 2014
  • Central Coast Water Catchment Protection Bill 2014
  • Mining Legislation Amendment (Right of Landholders to Refuse Access) Bill 2013
  • Established the Legislative Council Inquiry into Coal Seam Gas
  • Established the ongoing Legislative Council Inquiry into gas supply and price

He has also:

  • Exposed spills, leaks and pollution incidents at CSG operations
  • Conducted a Frack Finding Tour of the USA
  • Toured Wyoming farmer John Fenton to Australia
  • Successfully campaigned for a ban of CSG in urban areas
  • Successfully campaigned to remove the royalty holiday for CSG
  • Stopped the passage of the Petroleum (Onshore) Amendment Bill 2013
  • Raised the issue of domestic gas supplies being diverted to export
  • Worked with NSW Farmers Association, Lock the Gate and other community groups
  • Stood with community members at blockades of drilling sites , including at Bentley, Gloucester, Narrabri and Fullerton Cove
  • Campaigned for greater the right of landholders to say no to exploration on their land
  • Produced and distributed hundreds of thousands of leaflets, stickers and other campaign materials
  • Visited all coal seam gas affected areas of NSW and other states

Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916

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Metgasco’s gas reserve downgrade reflects cost of failure to earn a social license

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said that the decision by the board of Metgasco to downgrade the value of their gas resources reflected the cost of failing to earn a social license to conduct their drilling operations.

“Metgasco has paid the price for comprehensively failing to earn a social licence in the Northern Rivers to conduct their drilling operations” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“Metgasco have admitted that their depressed share price reflects the high level of risk that unconventional gas poses to investors and this downgrade should act as a warning to anyone thinking of investing in fossil fuels in NSW.”

“A business model that relies on cops and courts to force its way into a community is doomed to fail. Metgasco should cut their losses, pack their bags and leave the Northern Rivers.

“The Greens believe that coal seam gas is unsafe, unnecessary and unwanted. The Greens support a rapid transition to clean renewable energy such as wind and solar,” he said.

Metgasco’s decision to go to court is a failure to see the real issue

MEDIA RELEASE – 4 July 2014

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham condemned Metgasco’s decision today to take the Office of Coal Seam Gas to court to try to overturn the suspension of their gas drilling program.  He questioned how Metgasco plan to continue to operate in a community that has made it clear that it does not want coal seam gas, even if they win the court case?

“Regardless of the outcome of this court case, the real issue for Metgasco is how on earth they plan to drill for gas in a community that has made it crystal clear that it does not want a coal seam gas industry?” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“Metgasco has patently failed to earn a social licence and they now want to rely on the courts and taxpayers forking out millions for police escorts, to conduct their drilling operations.

“Community consultation is not just a box ticking exercise.

“A business model that relies on cops and courts to force its way into a community is doomed to fail.  Metgasco should cut their losses, pack their bags and leave the Northern Rivers.

“The Greens believe that coal seam gas is unsafe, unnecessary and unwanted.  The Greens support a rapid transition to clean renewable energy such as wind and solar,” he said.

Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916

 

NSW Government should not go back on Bentley gas exploration suspension

MEDIA RELEASE – 16 June 2014

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today called on the Baird Government not to go back on their decision to suspend gas drilling operations at Bentley, near Lismore in northern NSW, following the announcement by Metgasco that they have deferred plans to sue the NSW Government over the suspension after doing a deal with the Office of Coal Seam Gas.

“The Government should not do any deals with Metgasco and should uphold their decision to suspend gas exploration in northern NSW,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“Regardless of the technicalities, it is clear that Metgasco do not have the support of the community and that the overwhelming opposition to gas drilling will not go away,” he said.

The Government have committed to making a decision on whether to maintain the suspension by June 25 and to make available by June 20 the documents they used to make the initial decision.

Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916

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