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Abbott's Smoke-Screen Taskforce


If a person proclaimed loudly in the main street of a Northern River’s town that they would love to see “every molecule of gas that can come out of the ground does so,” — would probably be in store for some CSG 101.

When this statement comes from Federal Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane, then once again the CSG alarm bells begin to sound.

Greens spokesperson for Mining, Senator Larissa Waters, revealed yesterday the Abbott Government’s private taskforce designed to derail opposition to CSG mining in NSW.

Reportedly gathering forces for months, the clandestine taskforce has been “working to override the wishes of NSW farming communities with a tax-payer funded spin team,” stated Senator Waters.

“In another sign of the Abbott government’s anti-science agenda, we have people who aren’t scientists reviewing the scientific material.”

Before entering politics, Industry Minister Macfarlane was a farmer, and the President of the Queensland Grain Growers Association and President of the Grains Council of Australia.

Also a master of irony, it would seem.

(Source: Media Release 5/2/14)  

  


Greens Support Community Action at Maules Creek Mine


“The Greens stand with the community.”

Is the affirmation of NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, attending a major protest in the Leard State Forest, where work on the disputed site has stopped due to the actions of over a hundred protesters.

“I am pleased I can represent the Greens at today’s protest. The number of people willing to give up their time to prevent the Maules Creek mine from going ahead is inspiring.”

Senator Rhiannon joined with representatives from the Gomeroi Peoples, local farmers and environmentalists, in calling on Environment Minister Greg Hunt to stop work at the mine.

The issue for the Gomeroi is the clearing of over 4000 acres of culturally significant land inclusive of sacred burial sites, and have written to Minister Hunt on two occasions seeking a halt to the works and citing the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Heritage (Protection) Act of 1984.

For farmers and environmentalists in the North West, aside from the clearing of Leard State Forest to accommodate open-cut coal mining, the issues are primarily the same as the Northern Rivers will confront in the coming battle with CSG mining: contamination of groundwater aquifers, and environmental degradation.

Open-cut coal mining produces airborne dust particulate; CSG extraction releases methane, not to mention all the subsidiary chemicals and pollutants used/produced in mining coal and shale gas.

(Source: Media Release 28/1/14)     




RIVERINA DISTRICT UNDER THREAT!

New player in the NSW coal-seam gas stakes, Grainger Resources Pty Ltd, currently has four petroleum exploration licences under consideration (PELA’s 153-7) covering approx 34,000 sq klms of the irrigation-intensive district of Riverina, NSW.

Apart from vital irrigation works, the Murrumbidgee, Edwards, and Lachlan Rivers flow through a number of National and Regional parks. The region is known as the most productive and varied agricultural district in Australia, coined, ‘the Food Bowl’.

If alarm bells are not ringing for Northern Rivers’ landholders and residents along with the Riverina’s, then they probably should be. Not only are there a number of active Titles in this region, CSG mining’s rather insane incursion into the prime agricultural and groundwater-intense region of the Riverina, shows the NSW government’s (a) inability to stop CSG mining, and/or (b) their willingness to embrace it as some kind of economic panacea?

No doubt members of the public are aware of this trade-off between short-term economic gains verses the long-term sustainability of their region—which translates into the future for our children.

Those concerned about the incursion of CSG mining in NSW, can access a public PDF file outlining their Rights to object. Please follow the link:

http://www.resources.nsw.gov.au/_data/assets/pdf_file/0009/426582/Public-Comment-Process-Document.pdf


Abbott Government’s Continued Slash & Burn of Environmental Policy

At a time when climatologists are running out of superlatives to describe the natural disasters cutting a swath of destruction across the planet, the Australian Government comes up with the Direct Action Plan, where big polluters are supposedly paid to reduce their emissions and taxpayers pick up the tab.

What is in essence bolstering the economic bottom-line at the expense of the environment, under the guise of assisting the taxpayer; the Greens have labelled it the ‘Direct Action Sham’ and called for submissions to their Senate inquiry.

Greens Senator and Acting Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale, said Abbott’s DAP will be exposed as ‘an ineffective and costly smokescreen for government inaction.’

For the Northern Rivers region, already known as the ‘storm capital of NSW’, and with a primarily agricultural and flow-on tourism economy, government inaction on climate change spells trouble.

With increasingly inclement weather expected, more floods and longer droughts, not to mention the damage to local roads and infrastructure, farmers and ratepayers will no doubt pick up that tab.       


CSG Mining and their Right to Degrade Our Land

Coal Seam Gas mining companies such as Metgasco and Dart must first be granted a Title to prospect, explore or produce CSG. Metgasco currently holds two Titles in the Northern Rivers: PEL’s 13 & 16. Before a Production Lease is granted, however, development consent must be obtained under the Environmental Assessment Act of 1979.

The DA/Lease applicant must undertake an Environmental Impact Statement (Metgasco/Bentley’s EIS is due) with the process supposedly meant to consider issues of water, aquifers, other uses for the land, and whether the development is in the best interests of the State. This Statement is then publicly exhibited and public submissions sought before final approval (NSW Resources & Energy: www.resources.nsw.gov.au).

Landholders and concerned members of the public need to be vigilant at this time by reviewing relevant Environmental Impact Statements ‘On Exhibition’ as they are released on the NSW Resources & Energy website, and submitting objections in the items of concern. Also attending Local Council Meetings or joining an environmental activist group are proactive ways of remaining informed of any new developments in your Region.

The coming CSG battle will be fought on two fronts: in the political arena and on the ground, literally. Local, State and Federal Greens Councillors and MP’s will hold their respective governments to account, and activist groups such as the Lock the Gate Alliance and members of local Environment Centres will conduct protests and blockades.

Make no mistake CSG mining wants a home in the Northern Rivers. And as a region in need of employment opportunities there may be a small benefit to be had. However, the damage to the environment and groundwater from CSG mining in Queensland and the USA is evidence that the risks i.e. the sustainability of the Region and the future for our children, far outweigh any transient economic benefit.  

      

    

      

 

 

 




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