New Aquifer Interference Regulation - Gov. NSW (2)

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New Aquifer Interference Regulation - Gov. NSW (2)

Postby HVPA_research » Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:56 pm

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Link to this page: http://forum.huntervalleyprotectionalliance.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=349
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THIS IS SOME BACKGROUND TO THIS ISSUE

http://forum.huntervalleyprotectionalliance.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=347

http://forum.huntervalleyprotectionalliance.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=344

http://forum.huntervalleyprotectionalliance.com/posting.php?mode=edit&f=5&p=401



THIS IS A COPY OF THE DRAFT SUBMISSION FROM NANCY SPEE:

We object to the Draft Water Management (General) Regulation 2011 in its entirety.
 
Under this legislation we object to the reinforcement and efficacy of allowing the Mining Act 1992 and the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 to have continued under regulated and disproportionate access to the NSW Water.

Under this legislation Energy Companies, outside power stations, have massive exemptions on water rights across NSW with simultaneously tight regulation and metering of households.  It is “user pays” for the common man whilst the highest users and polluters of water avoid such monitoring and regulation, having few limitations on how much water can be used and have no incentive through the legislation or its inherent penalties to ensure water is equitably shared.
 
All options (1-3) which the Office of Water has proposed facilitate energy companies having these rights and we therefore object to all three options.
 
This is a complex legal jigsaw puzzle in which the rights of Energy Companies have been preserved throughout various levels with the potential for the expansion into a loophole to be exploited by Country Energy (Origin/Essential) as a Water Supply Authority which is also a large Energy provider. We object to Water Supply Authorities which are also energy providers being exempted in regard to water by working under the Mining Act 1992 and Petroleum (Onshore) Act, 1991.
 
The Water Management (General) Regulation 2011 needs to be redrafted to avoid any potential conflicts of interest in future whilst recognising that water is an important and scarce resource. This legislation needs to encompass sustainable water and environmental management with appropriate enforceable penalties. Water should be allocated for food production, human and environmental needs and power generation. Operators under the Mining Act 1992 and Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 who need access to water to continue their business should not be exempted from the system that applies to all other stakeholders.
 
Dear Minister, we expect you to do your job as our elected representative.


SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION FROM THE COVERING LETTER:
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Apologies for these emails. No more after this. I promise.

I have just been informed by one of our members for your letters to have legal weight:

Please ensure your letter has:

TOP LEFT CORNER
ADDRESS,
PHONE NUMBER
DATE

This is important.

Thanks again
Nancy

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This is URGENT - IT IS DUE 20th JULY.

Here is our official response for the request for comments on the Draft Water Management (General) Regulation 2011. Please write to the respective ministers via their website using the attached letter if you agree, cut and paste, add your comments and submit.

The recent Water Management legislation imposes more conditions on us as landowners whilst allowing continuing large scale exemptions for energy miners/drillers - whose usage can affect our water tables and quality of water.


IMPORTANT NOTES: I am resending this document. I lost connection halfway during the process and at this stage, my sent items folder shows that the past email did not go through.

If you have received a prior email the place for forwarding Legislation Feedback was accidentally omitted. This omitted address is in bold below and if you are only able to send one response as a result of this exercise, at least make sure the address in bold receives that response.


Thanks for showing your support in that this legislation is not going by unnoticed.

Nancy

Please send your response/s to the following email addresses:
[url]wmreg2011@water.nsw.gov.au[/url]
Community Feedback for the Specific Legislation
(if you send only one email, this is the one)

[url]catherine.cusack@parliament.nsw.gov.au[/url]
Min for Water

[url]Robyn.Parker@parliament.nsw.gov.au[/url]
Min for Environment/Heritage

[url]terrigal@parliament.nsw.gov.au[/url]
Chris Hartcher
Min for Resources & Energy
(if you email only one Parliamentarian, this is the one)

[url]burrinjuck@parliament.nsw.gov.au[/url]
Katrina Hodgkinson
Min for Primary Ind/Water

[url]oxley@parliament.nsw.gov.au[/url]
Andrew Stoner
Minister for Trade & Investment, Regional Infrastructure

office@souris.minister.nsw.gov.au
George Souris
Minister for Tourism



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