Windsor Calls for Senators to Hold Firm on Water Trigger

Tony Windsor has this morning released a statement calling for crossbench Senators in the Federal Parliament to hold firm on the water trigger.  Mr Windsor introduced the trigger to require Federal assessment of the water impacts of large scale coal and coal seam gas mining.  However, the Federal Government has moved to hand that assessment process back to the states, and the matter is due to be voted on in Federal Parliament next week. 

Mr Windsor has said that state governments can't be trusted with our precious water resources, and described the proposed removal of the water trigger as a retrograde step.  He urged crossbench senators to retain this vital component of Federal environment laws.

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Drayton South mine a test of priorities

The Planning and Assessment Commission will hear today that its decision on the Drayton South mine is a test of New South Wales' priorities, as conflict over incompatible land and water uses in the Hunter puts the spotlight on a planning system that has failed to reasonably limit the extent and impacts of coal mining, according to the Lock the Gate Alliance. 

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Queensland Sadie Ladies create a political storm at Toowoomba hearings

The Queensland Sadie Ladies turned their attention on Toowoomba today to highlight the need to keep our water catchments clean, our food lands mining-free and our lifestyles intact.

The intrepid ‘political cleaners’ targeted the State Government hearings examining LNP proposed legislation that takes away ordinary people’s rights to object to mining developments.

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CSG water monitoring welcome, but big picture policy still eludes NSW Government

The Lock the Gate Alliance has welcomed the announcement of a new groundwater research program in parts of the state targeted by coal seam gas miners, but says the missing part of the government’s approach is clear exclusion zones that protect productive groundwater sources and drinking water catchments.

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Gasfield Free Community movement spreads to Western Australia

Central Greenough will today become the first community in WA to declare itself Gasfield Free in a clear statement to mining companies that fracking and other forms of unconventional gas extraction are not welcome in the area.

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