Coal seam gas strategy questioned
Labor’s Coal and Coal Seam Gas Plan announced today will not go far enough to restrain the serious threats posed by the rapid expansion of coal and coal seam gas mining it has allowed across the state over the past 16 years, according to the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
CEO Pepe Clarke said the coal and seam gas plan was too little, too late for the growing number of communities unwilling to risk their health, natural environment, water supplies and food production for dangerous mining projects.
“For too long, the Keneally government has held the community in contempt as it allowed coal and coal seam gas exploration to expand swiftly without strong, effective safeguards for our environment and communities," he said.
“Labor’s 10-point plan addresses some concerns such as banning BTEX chemicals but it does not balance mining industry needs with community and environmental protection. The proposal to build gas pipelines on travelling stock routes alone could have a significant adverse impact on native wildlife and their habitat.
“Local residents have been left to lead the way in uncovering problems with coal seam gas exploration or operations and alerting authorities, such as a series of methane leaks at wells near Casino."