CSG Mining: " Send Peter Garrett a message"

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CSG Mining: " Send Peter Garrett a message"

Postby HVPA_research » Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:05 pm

This is a quote from a recent discussion on the HVPA Members mailing list:
Letter sent ... hope he has his reading glasses on.



From: members_list-bounces@lists.huntergasactiongroup.com.au [mailto:members_list-bounces@lists.huntergasactiongroup.com.au] On Behalf Of Discussion list for HBGAG General Members
Sent: Wednesday, 18 August 2010 11:41 AM
To: members_list@lists.huntergasactiongroup.com.au
Cc: 'WAGE Announce List'
Subject: Re: [Members_list] Send Peter Garrett a message

Rob & Jill Saker
Cochrane st, Broke.

I have adapted the message to relate to our area and have sent it off in these terms:

Dear Minister,
I am a resident of Broke in the Hunter Valley.

Coal seam methane gas exploration is currently impacting on the lives of residents of the township of Broke in the Hunter with noise and the risk to fresh water aquifers from contamination and loss.

The explorer, AGL Energy, refuses to initiate an environmental assessment of the impact of coal seam methane gas exploration or extraction on the residents, the environment, the health of the people or the agriculture of the Hunter Valley.

The local farmers and community on the Broke and Bulga in the Hunter Valley are concerned with the impact of the coal seam gas industries and open-cut coal mining on their farmland and water supplies.

I am writing to you today to ask you to place a moratorium on all coal seam gas exploration and open-cut coal mining until adequate environmental assessments and protections are in place. We seek to ensure the mining does not proceed at the expense of food production, water security, the climate or endangered species and endangered vegetation.

Please exercise your powers under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to immediately add coal seam gas extraction as a trigger under the EPBC Regulations, making it a matter of national significance. This would require coal seam gas extraction to be assessed before federal approval could be given – including its impacts on agricultural land, on groundwater and the impacts of methane release.

I recommend that you visit the Hunter Valley to assess the situation first hand.

Yours sincerely,


On 18/08/2010, at 9:38 AM, Discussion list for HBGAG General Members wrote:

In the new Federal Parliament, the Australian Greens will move to amend federal laws to add climate and coal seam gas triggers to the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act, so the cumulative impacts of this new industry are properly considered before approval is given.

The Greens are calling for a moritorium on Coal Seam Gas. Please send Garrett a message using this form. Make sure you change the default to include the Hunter Valley. http://greensmps.org.au/minister-garret ... l-seam-gas

See also: http://greens.org.au/content/moratorium-coal-seam-gas and the Policy document http://greens.org.au/files/Coal_seam_gas.pdf

Here's the full text of the story,

Regards,

Peter Firminger




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Australian Greens Lead Senate Candidate for Queensland Larissa Waters and Leader Senator Bob Brown have welcomed Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett's request for further information on the groundwater and Great Barrier Reef impacts of proposed Queensland coal seam gas (CSG) projects.

However, Minister Garrett's assessment is limited to impacts on threatened species. According to Ms Waters, an environmental lawyer, without a trigger in our federal environment laws, the full impacts of CSG mining on farmland, groundwater and climate change cannot be assessed. The laws are inadequate to have the full impacts comprehensively assessed.

Minister Garrett is not considering the impacts of CSG mining on prime food producing land.

The Queensland Government approved BG Group’s CSG project despite the Coordinator-General's stated concerns about the lack of information regarding groundwater and consequent impacts on farmland.

In the new Federal Parliament, the Australian Greens will move to amend federal laws to add climate and coal seam gas triggers to the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act, so the cumulative impacts of this new industry are properly considered before approval is given.

The traditional food-producing region of the Darling Downs must not be put at risk in the rush by outside interests for mining profits.

Coal seam gas mining should not proceed at the expense of food production, water security, endangered species or the climate.

The Australian Greens will fight for better environmental laws which protect our food-producing land and the future of our rural communities.

You can write to Minister Garret and ask him to place a moroatorium on coal seam gas mining and exploration

Read more about the Coal Seam Gas Policy here (1mb PDF)

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