Neither Libs or Labor can trusted on CSG say Greens
GREENS leader Christine Milne has called on Federal Labor to bring in a moratorium on CSG and said neither the Coalition or the Government can be trusted to protect agricultural land and water reserves.
Te Federal Government will now require much better monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from coal seam gas operations (CSG) is a shameful and belated admission the state and federal governments have given approval for CSG operations without knowing their impact, the Australian Greens said today.
"This is a shocking breach of the precautionary principle and another example of the Labor and Liberal parties racing into the arms of the miners and not being able to be trusted to look after our agricultural land and water," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.
"We need a moratorium on the roll out of CSG and these new conditions should apply to all existing operations immediately and their carbon liabilities adjusted accordingly.
"Why should CSG companies get away with this for another two years and not have to face the full price of their methane emissions immediately?
"The Greens have been calling for in-field measurement of methane emissions and an introduction of a water trigger for the EPBC for years and they have been ignored as the Gillard Government has not wanted to put any barriers in the way of the miners.
"Now with an election looming and residents in Western Sydney complaining and rural communities up in arms, the Gillard Government has come up with a voluntary monitoring scenario.
"The Minister needs to explain why the improved monitoring regime will only be mandatory for CSG operations where fracking has been used. What about other types of CSG operations?
"Neither the Gillard Government nor the Abbott opposition are taking the precautionary principle seriously and would prefer to give the big tick to the miners with no questions asked."