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NSW Government renegotiating $200 million success fee for Shenhua coal mine

MEDIA RELEASE – 29 September 2015

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today called on the government to come clean about their negotiations with the Chinese government owned Shenhua coal mining company after answers to Budget Estimates questions on notice revealed that the $200 million success fee was being renegotiated.

The government answered (174):

“The Department has initiated commercial in confidence negotiations with Shenhua to finalise and discuss a number of outstanding issues associated with its development application.  The timing of the payment of the State’s success fee, when the Division grants the mining licence, is part of those discussions.”

Infamous former mining minister Ian Macdonald, accepted a $300 million success payment to the government for the Shenhua Watermark exploration licence, to be followed by a $200 million success payment to the government on grant of the mining licence.  It is this last payment that is currently being renegotiated.

“The Shenhua coal mine in the heart of the fertile Liverpool Plains is an issue of national significance.  The NSW government should reveal exactly what they have promised Shenhua, and whether they are negotiating to facilitate the mine or to protect the Liverpool Plains,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“Most credible economists conclude that building the greenfield Shenhua Watermark coal mine does not make sense financially in the current global coal market and at current coal prices.

“It would be treacherous for the NSW government to now renegotiate the $200 million fee to help facilitate the construction of a mine that is already a dubious financial prospect.  It would mean an exploration licence is not worth the paper it is written on if it can be changed at a whim to suit the mining company.

“The community has long been concerned that these very large payments to governments impact on the assessment process and create an inherent conflict of interest – and that’s putting it politely.

“Minister Roberts should make it clear to the public exactly what the NSW government is hoping to achieve in these negotiations,” Mr Buckingham said.

Greens express concern for Minister’s health


16 September 2014


The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today expressed his concern for the health of Resources and Energy Minister, Anthony Roberts, after the Minister admitted that he drank coal seam gas waste water contaminated with heavy metals and petroleum hydrocarbons.  Mr Roberts drank the water at Santos’ Narrabri project, claiming it tasted like “Bondi Surf”.

Question on Notice: (Returned 12 September)

  1. Mr JEREMY BUCKINGHAM: What chemicals, heavy metals or other pollutants were in that water (Santos’ Narrabri coal seam gas project pond water) you drank?


The following chemicals, heavy metals and other pollutants were in the water I drank:

  • Chloride
  • Sodium
  • Barium
  • Germanium
  • Strontium
  • Aluminium
  • Lithium
  • Boron
  • Iron
  • Fluoride
  • Ammonia
  • Petroleum hydrocarbons – NO BTEX
  • Bacteria


“I’m very concerned for Mr Robert’s health.  Coal seam gas waste water can contain serious contaminants, which is why so many people are concerned about the industry,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“A court recently ordered the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to release reports that documented 243 cases of water well contamination due to drilling and fracking for unconventional gas.

“The Greens wish Mr Roberts well, and urge him to be less reckless when consuming industrial waste.”

Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916

Minister confirms CSG license application freeze is a farce

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham has today received a letter from NSW Minister for Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts, which confirms that the 6-month freeze on coal seam gas license applications announced in March, is a farce.

In the letter (see below) the Minister confirms that, despite acknowledging in March this year that a comprehensive process for evaluating license applications was needed, the freeze:

  • Does not apply to Petroleum Special Prospecting Authority applications, even though this is a form of gas exploration;
  • Does not apply to the processing of existing applications made before the freeze and as such NSW Trade & Investment continues to process the 7 Production, 13 Exploration and 6 Special Prospecting Authority license applications they have received;
  • Does not apply to the processing of license renewals

So despite this so-called ‘freeze’ on applications many parts of NSW still have the threat of CSG license approvals hanging over them.  Towns with license applications over or near them which are being processed include:

  • Armidale, Bingara, Binnaway, Bourke, Broken Hill, Casino, Cobar, Coffs Harbour, Collarenebri, Coolah, Corowa, Deniliquin, Dorrigo, Dubbo, Gloucester, Gulgong, Kempsey, Lismore, Lithgow, Naromine, Narrabri, Port Maquarie, Stratford, Taree, Wagga Wagga, Walcha, Walgett, Warialda, Wentworth, Wilcannia

Anthony Roberts Letter 1

Anthony Roberts Letter 2