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NSW: Premier meets CSG campaigners

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Premier meets CSG campaigners
By Catherine Clifford
Updated Tue 13 Aug 2013, 8:42am AEST

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Not much said in this Media report.
But it has taken a lot of hard work to get a face-to-face meeting with Barry O'Farrell.
Well done Peter Martin and Craig Shaw and Lock the Gate.
I hope to hear more from them.

I do know they have gathered an enormous amount of facts to show that the SEPP amendment is dangerously skewed in favour of the miners. And the SHCAG have very good data on likely damage to the local water table in the Southern Highlands.

Denis Wilson
Thou shall not steal from future generations by impoverishing or poisoning the Earth.

"The Nature of Robertson"


An anti-coal seam gas campaigner says a meeting on Monday with the NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell, went as well as could be expected.

Activists from the Lock The Gate Alliance, the Southern Highlands Action Group and the Bylong Valley Protection Alliance met the Premier at Parliament House on Monday.

The Energy and Resources Minister, Chris Hartcher, also took part in discussions.

Gurley farmer and North West Co-ordinator of the Alliance, Penny Blatchford, says the Premier listened to concerns about the permit system giving CSG explorers easier access to land.

"We gave some details about access and landholder rights and our concerns about that and the Premier did make the commitment that unless the amendments had a broad consensus across all stakeholders and farmers the legislation would not be put up again in Parliament," she said.

Ms Blatchford says recent amendments to the Petroleum (Onshore) Act giving coal seam gas explorers greater access to farmers' land are causing widespread concern.

"For the Petroleum (Onshore) Act a lot of people were concerned about Division VII, which was the access around permits and the environmental assessments and the definitions," she said.

"The legislation was basically requiring access with only a letter from the Minister and no consent from the landholder."

Ms Blatchford say Barry O'Farrell talked with the group for an hour.

ABC News sought comment from the Premier, but our request was declined.

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