The Lock the Gate Alliance has today released, for the first time, footage of a speech by Federal Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, which reveals the massive back-flip he has done on coal seam gas (CSG) mining since the Federal election.
In the speech to a group of farmers in the Darling Downs in April this year, the Minister described his 'misgivings' about CSG on the Darling Downs and said the Coalition policy was to support farmers who chose to say 'no' to CSG mining on their properties.
He even takes credit, in the speech, for proposed new laws in NSW that would place a 2km exclusion buffer on CSG mining near townships, which contrasts starkly with his comments this week he wants to see 'every molecule' of gas extracted and he will personally drive the push to remove impediments to CSG in NSW.Read more
50 Brisbane community members have gathered outside the Land Court of Queensland today to show their support for three Alpha landholders, making their case against the Hancock coal ‘Alpha’ project.
The Lock the Gate Alliance today called on the Premier and State Government to stick to their word and protect strategic cropping land from coal and unconventional gas mining.
The Government is currently reviewing the Strategic Cropping Land Act and creating new Regional Plans for the Darling Downs and Central Queensland. In their current form, both of these pieces of legislation contradict LNP pre-election promises to “ensure there will be no open cut mining on strategic cropping land; and not allow underground mining, coal seam gas activity or other development on strategic cropping land if it is likely to have a significant, adverse impact on the productive capacity of that land to produce food and fibre in the future.”Read more
This afternoon's judgment in the NSW Land and Environment Court, rejecting the O'Farrell Government's attempt to bankrupt the Fullerton Cove Residents Action Group, is a victory for common sense and an embarrassing rebuff for the government, according to the Lock The Gate Alliance.
Justice Rachel Pepper knocked back a bid by the the Department of Trade and Investment to force the residents group to foot the government's legal bill, following the group's unsuccessful legal challenge to the approval of pilot coal seam gas wells at Fullerton Cove, just north of Newcastle on the edge of the city's water supply. The government's legal team failed to convince Justice Pepper that the residents acted in their own self interest in lodging their case, with the judge confirming that the group had indeed acted in the public interest.Read more
Lock the Gate Alliance said plans by the shadow resources spokesperson, Ian Macfarlane, to fast track Coal Seam Gas (CSG) developments in NSW would be fatal to the farming communities his National Party colleagues are supposed to represent.
"The announcement reported yesterday was a slap in the face to rural communities who have been asking the Coalition to introduce reforms to protect farmland and water resources from CSG" said Carmel Flint, Campaign Co-ordinator with Lock The Gate Alliance.