O'Farrell to signal go-ahead on CSG

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O'Farrell to signal go-ahead on CSG

Postby HVPA_research » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:45 am

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Original article link:
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/ofarrell-to-signal-go-ahead-on-csg/story-e6frgczx-1226453635330

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From: Denis Wilson <peonyden@gmail.com>
Date: 21 August 2012 01:07:17 GMT+10:00
Subject: [rivers-sos] "O'Farrell to signal go-ahead on CSG" (The Australian)



If this is proven to be true, this result is an entirely predictable outcome and entirely unsatisfactory.

So much for consultation, and listening, and showing meaningless "concern". My understanding of this, (if this report is true) is that we have been subjected to a litany of betrayal, from day one, by the O'Farrell Government, thanks largely to Ministers Hartcher and Hazzard.

Duncan Gay and George Souris, who were largely responsible for the early "negotiations" must be feeling they have been "suckered" by the Liberal Party machine men, Hartcher and Hazzard.

And there goes "The Neighbourhood" - including that of the local Member for Goulburn, Pru Goward, Member for Goulburn.
Denis Wilson

Australian Water Campaigners
Rivers SOS member

Robertson resident, NSW

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BY: IMRE SALUSINSZKY
From: The Australian
August 20, 2012 12:00AM

FARMERS and mining groups have ramped up their pressure on the NSW Coalition government ahead of the imminent announcement of new rules for the exploration and extraction of coal-seam gas.

The Australian understands state cabinet will this afternoon consider the final version of a strategic land use policy for the state, with public release later in the week.

It is understood the underlying principle of the policy will be consistent with a draft version released in March: a series of "gateways" setting the bar for mining approval higher where there are competing land uses, such as farming, horse breeding and viticulture.

The draft policy was criticised by farmers and environment groups, who want parts of the state "ring fenced" from CSG, as well as by miners, who do not believe "lines on maps" should be used to regulate the industry.

But NSW Energy Minister Chris Hartcher yesterday made it clear the industry -- which employs more than 12,000 workers in Queensland, but is on hold in NSW -- will get the green light.

"NSW is facing a gas supply crisis," Mr Hartcher said.

"There are over one million households that depend on gas."

He predicted there would be CSG production in NSW by next year.

But farming groups remain concerned CSG drilling, especially when accompanied by "fracking" -- injecting water under pressure to fracture a coal seam -- could pollute groundwater supplies.

NSW Farmers Association chief Fiona Simson said yesterday: "When farmers, miners and the government committed to developing a policy on land use planning in 2011, all parties were committed to protecting land and water. I hope all parties are still committed to this process because a policy full of special exemptions is a policy that is not in the best interests of anyone."

A spokesman for the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association, a mining lobby, urged the government to "hit the re-start button" on CSG.

"Unless the NSW government paves the way for a vibrant gas industry, NSW will continue to import around 95 per cent of its gas, gas shortages will drive up energy costs even further, and the state will forgo the royalties it so desperately needs to pay for new roads, schools, and services," he said.

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My understanding of this, (if this report is true) is that we have been subjected to a litany of betrayal, from day one, by the O'Farrell Government, thanks largely to Ministers Hartcher and Hazzard. Duncan Gay and George Souris, who were largely responsible for the early "negotiations" must be feeling positively betrayed by the Liberal Party machine.

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Denis Wilson
"The Nature of Robertson"
http://www.peonyden.blogspot.com.au


*REPLY FROM PETER TURNER*

Thanks Denis, kind of ironically this in the SMH the same day:
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/answer-to-nsw ... 24gjh.html

If you missed it, you might enjoy watching Minister for Gas Crises Chris Hartcher squirm in this Lateline report on electricity prices:
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/ ... 562875.htm

Cheers Peter


REPLY FROM SUZIE WRIGHT *
One new AGL csg production well has been approved near Campbelltown. The first by this government. Who knew? Doesnt appear to have been any consultation. Jeremy Buckingham will be reporting on this today or tomorrow to channell 7.




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