The NSW Government has finally acknowledged the risks associated with coal seam gas operations and has announced that new coal seam gas licences will not be allowed within 2 kilometres of residential areas, and that exclusion zones will apply around horse breeders and wine producers. They have also promised a review of all existing coal seam gas operations around the state by the Chief Scientist.
The NSW government has said that they will be finalising the new policies in the next few weeks. Coal seam gas industry lobby groups and companies are seeking urgent meetings with the government.
Whilst these changes are a welcome response to community concerns - they don't go far enough. Now is the time to contact our politicians to ask for real protections for the people and environment of New South Wales. It is vital that our politicians hear from you on this issue.
Please ring, email or visit Premier Barry O'Farrell, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and your local MPs.
Contact NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell: (02) 9228 5239, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact NSW Deputy Premier and National Leader Andrew Stoner: (02) 9228 5209, email@example.com
Contact your local MP: click here to find your local member in the NSW parliament
Ask for the following measures to be implemented:
- Protection of the quality of life, health and amenity of all NSW residents through a 2km exclusion zone around all residences in the state.
- Protection of all our important agricultural and natural assets through exclusion of coal seam gas operations from drinking water catchments, food producing land, and sensitive environmental areas.
- A rigorous and transparent review process by the chief scientist with clear terms of reference and an opportunity for public input into the process.
Not in NSW?
Why not contact your local state MP and ask about what measures your state has in place to offer protection from CSG or other unconventional gas and coal mining. Do these measures protect all residents and communities, water resources, food producing land and natural environmental assets? Here are the contact details for your local state parliament representatives:
Members of Parliament of Queensland
Members of Parliament of Victoria
Members of Parliament of Tasmania
Members of Parliament of South Australia
Members of Parliament of the Northern Territory
Members of Parliament of Western Australia
Members of Parliament of the ACT