MP meets CSG protesters
A GROUP of 40-50 protesters took to the Grafton office of Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis yesterday to protest the NSW Government's so-called "green light" to the coal-seam gas industry.
The group was told Mr Gulaptis may not be available because he had a full schedule but the vocal crowd chanted for 30 minutes until the local member came out.
The O'Farrell Government Regional Land Use Policy released last week was condemned by NSW Farmers and the anti-CSG movement.
Protest organiser Denise Deane described CSG mining as toxic to the environment in the short term and to the economy in the long term.
"We have mining company representatives touring all over our valley desperately trying to secure access agreements with vulnerable farmers to secure their first wells for their planned drilling schedules," said Ms Deane.
"The NSW State Government is openly supporting CSG mining against the strongly expressed interest of our communities.
Mr Gulaptis asked for scientific proof that the CSG industry was causing claimed problems, including gas in bore water, dropped bore water levels and nose bleeds in children.
He was handed a 14-page document showing examples of CSG mishaps in Australia and New Zealand and he vowed to read it.
He said he would take the concerns to the Planning Minister and Environment Minister.