Letter from Gloucester: We can not sit idle

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Letter from Gloucester: We can not sit idle

Postby HVPA_research » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:57 pm

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http://www.gloucesteradvocate.com.au/story/1304374/letter-we-can-not-sit-idle/

We cannot agree more with our friends from Gloucester. Hunter Valley residents face exactly the same problems. Despite the mountains of useless paper produced, the current planning approval process is a complete disgrace. Each new coal mine is approved independently from neighboring mines and then allowed to expand for ever. Nobody asks local residents for social license to operate. This is hardly surprising when the coal and gas industry self-regulates and event drafts relevant legislation trough their pet consultants. This is known as the regulatory capture.


Quoting from the from Letter to the Editor of Gloucester Advocate:

It appears that both levels of government are more interested in facilitating mining projects than protecting the underlying capacity of our country for sustainable primary production or the health of communities in areas impacted by mining.

We understand that local communities have few formal powers over these matters.

But the Minister’s decision exposes us to serious economic, social and environmental risks.

We can not sit idle while remote and faceless people pull the levers of power, and politicians condemn us to a future of jeopardy.

For these reasons we are making a public plea that further development of CSG (coal seam gas) and coal mining in the Gloucester valley be suspended until their cumulative impacts can be assessed.

Specifically:

1. The federal bioregional assessment process is completed for the Gloucester valley.

2. An independent assessment of the cumulative impacts of these three projects on surface and groundwater in the Gloucester valley is completed.
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3. The Expert Scientific Committee can consider the findings of the independent water assessment and make recommendations to government.

4. An independent assessment of the cumulative impacts of these three projects on community health in the Gloucester valley is completed.

5. The NSW Department of Health can consider the findings of the health assessment and make recommendations to government.

Councillors John Rosenbaum, Frank Hooke, Aled Hoggett, James Hooke, Katheryn Smith and Tony Tersteeg
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