Lock the Gate Alliance this morning accused the coal industry of hypocrisy for lashing out at the sensible decisions by the Planning Assessment Commission to limit one mine and reject another.
The Lock the Gate Alliance has used the start of National Water Week to highlight the growing threat to the nation’s surface and groundwater resources from coal and unconventional gas mining across the country.
National coordinator for Lock the Gate Phil Laird said the nation’s water resources were facing an unprecedented threat from inappropriate mining in vital groundwater recharge areas and in drinking water collection zones.
The Lock the Gate Alliance has told a Queensland parliamentary committee there could be long-lasting negative consequences for rural Queensland if changes to the Water Act are passed.
Lock the Gate spokesman, Drew Hutton said the State Government must not give “a blank cheque to the mining industry” to drain the lifeblood of rural communities and industries.
October 15, 2014
The national State of the Water Sector Survey released today should ring alarm bells around the country regarding the threat to our water resources from coal seam gas mining, Lock the Gate warned today.
The survey of the nation’s top water experts reveals that 70 per cent consider CSG mining to be a moderate to significant risk to ground and surface water resources.
The Lock the Gate Alliance has applauded today’s announcement by Resources Minister Anthony Roberts to cancel three NSW petroleum exploration licences, describing the decision as a significant victory for the community.