Singleton Council wants a coal seam gas ban

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Singleton Council wants a coal seam gas ban

Postby HVPA_research » Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:12 am

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Thanks to Maria Reidl for this story.

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From: Maria Riedl
Singleton Council wants a coal seam gas ban
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Singleton Council will ask the State Government to ban coal seam gas exploration and development in parts of the shire.

Councillors have voted unanimously for the area's new Local Environment Plan to prohibit the industry from Broke, Bulga, Hermitage Road Belford and Roughit Lane Sedgefield.

"We will now be taking the fight up to the State Government that we can have a say in our LEP and our land management usage," Councillor Alison Howlett said.

"Under the present legislation it goes under the Petroleum Act Onshore 1991and it is not even governed by the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts,"

"We would be quite happy for it to be under the legislation that the black coal miners have to deal with because they actually are accountable for the impacts."

If the NSW Planning Minister objects, the Council wants exploration categorised so it approves the activity after considering a full environmental assessment and community consultation.

The Hunter Valley Protection Alliance, which is currently challenging coal seam gas exploration in the Broke area, believes the decision steps-up pressure on the NSW Government and the Opposition to address community concerns

"This is becoming a national agenda item, Singleton Council has taken a major step in making that happen," Alliance executive officer, John Thomson said.

"I would say that Macquarie Street has to wake up if they expect to keep running a government whether it is the Coalition or the Labor Party,"

"This has to be near the top of the list in terms of agenda items and we are demanding that they do something about this."

NSW Planning Minister, Tony Kelly, has indicated coal seam gas could be addressed as part of a plan for future coal mining in the Hunter Valley.

A cabinet sub-committee is working on the plan's terms of reference which will soon go before Cabinet allowing public consultation to begin late this year.

"This is complicated, it will look at a whole range of issues including the issuing of exploration licences," Mr Kelly said

"We are considering looking at coal seam gas so it is all encompassing."

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