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Government process to protect aquifers is flawed

Postby HVPA_research » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:46 pm

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Coal action group says government process to protect aquifers is flawed
Updated April 19, 2012 14:51:22
A southern highlands based anti-coal group says the state government's process to protect farmland and aquifers from mining is confusing and full of holes.
The Southern Highlands Coal Action group held a public meeting in Sutton Forest on Tuesday night to assist local landowners seeking to lock out attempts by mining companies to access their land.
The state government has so far mapped the Upper Hunter and New England areas under its land use strategy, and the southern highlands is next.
But Coal Action Group spokesman Peter Martin says the framework outlined so far is different to what was promised prior to the election.
"What the government is saying is we are going to allow these companies to keep exploring under old leases, under old licences, and then we'll pick them up down the track when they apply for a mining licence", he said.
"As far as ourselves are concerned and other communities in the state that's just not good enough and it's not what the government said prior to the election".
The issue of coal and coal seam gas was raised at the NSW Government's 2021 public forum held at the Mittagong RSL club on the same night.
Prior to the meeting Goulburn MP Pru Goward said preserving farming land and aquifers in the southern highlands is critical.
"The preservation of the aquifer from longwall coal mining in particular, that will be a critical issue for our community", she said.


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