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Tell Gov. to protect land from coal and gas mining

Postby HVPA_research » Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:03 am

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Sunday 2 December, 2012. Gas Watch 178. Tell the State Government to protect agricultural land from coal and gas mining.

The O’Farrell State Government has released its final public consultation draft of its Strategic Land Use Policies ( in the form of an amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), and its not good news at all for the food bowls and the fresh water of Australia.

Overall there is still no adequate protection of Strategic Agricultural Land (SAL), and there is no certainty for landholders or business operators within those areas. As a result, there is no incentive for sustainable growth of the agricultural industry within SAL. The SEPP must be expanded to enable the new “Gateway Panel”, appointed to examine applications to mine coal seam methane, to refuse an application if there are circumstances which could not be addressed by conditions attached to an approval.

Further the SEPP must be expanded to enable the Gateway Panel to take into account impacts of the proposed coal seam methane development on commercial operations, productivity, value, reputation and growth of critical industry clusters within the agricultural community, in addition to the scientific and environmental risks.

Further, the Gateway process is not triggered until after exploration. Exploration for unconventional coal seam methane involves drilling through fresh water aquifers to the contaminated coal seams beneath. Not only is there the risk of contamination or reduction of the fresh water aquifers, the exploration process also involves the fracking of coal seams with its many attendant environmental risks. These risks are particularly “significant” (Dr. Gavin Mudd, Monash University) when undertaken in proximity to underground long wall coal mining ( see more in Gas Watch 178: ).

Please lodge a submission outlining your objections to the SEPP in its current form. You can do this very simply by clicking on: or
and following the prompts. You can also preview,download or print the campaign letter at this address

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