Greens NSW Spokesperson for Environment, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has stated that Muckaty is no solution to radioactive waste problems for Sydney, in response to reports that the State Government is planning to send nuclear waste from Hunters Hill to Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory.
“Neither Muckaty in the Northern Territory nor Western Sydney should be the dumping grounds of nuclear waste.
“I note the great campaign the Greens Federal Senators like Senator Scott Ludlam have been running against the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste facility that seeks to turn Australia into a nuclear waste dumping ground.
“The Muckaty plan is opposed by the Aboriginal traditional owners of the land and there are serious concerns about its ecological impact – the New South Wales Government should not be dumping its problems half way across the country.
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today introduced legislation into the NSW Legislative Council to stop mining and exploration in the Central Coast drinking water catchment saying it will test Premier Barry O'Farrell's credibility.
The Central Coast Drinking Water Catchments Protection (No ifs, no buts, a guarantee) Bill 2014 prohibits mining and exploration activities in the seven drinking water catchments of the Central Coast - the Mangrove Creek Dam, Mardi Dam, Ourimbah Creek, Wyong River, Porters Creek, Mangrove Creek Weir and Mooney Mooney Dam catchment areas.
A town in Wyoming now has to have its drinking water trucked in, after the US Environmental Protection Agency found that fracking for shale gas had poisoned the water.
John Fenton, Wyoming farmer and activist, is touring Australia with a warning about the dangers of fracking for unconventional gas. It's a message that resonates strongly with communities across NSW who are campaigning against coal seam gas, which is also classified as unconventional.
Greens MP Jamie Parker will host a free public meeting this Saturday:
When: 4pm Saturday 22 February
Where: Leichhardt Town Hall - cnr Marion & Norton Streets
Who: John Fenton, Wyoming farmer and gas activist
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today condemned NSW Minister for Resources Anthony Roberts for running a scare campaign based on industry lies to justify turning NSW into a toxic gas field.
"The idea that NSW must industrialise our agricultural land and threaten our water resources in response to looming gas price hikes is simply not true," Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said.
"The reason that the price of gas to Australian consumers is set to rise is because the government is rushing to export LNG and this is increasing demand and driving up prices."
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today criticized the CFMEU for failing to advocate strongly for a transition for their members away from the dying coal and gas industry and into renewable energy. This follows the CFMEU’s calls for the NSW government to support the expansion of Anglo American’s Drayton South mine which is set to close in 2017.
“The loss of jobs as coal mines close should come as no surprise to the CFMEU and yet they have failed their members by not developing a transition plan for jobs in renewable energy,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“There is growing community concern about the impact that coal mining has in driving climate change and it is time for us to move away from our dependence on the export oriented coal and gas industries.”
Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:
"The Australian Electoral Commission for 2012/2013 shows that donations from mining companies to the federal Coalition increased by 60 per cent in the lead up to the federal election.
"In 2012/2013 the total donations were approximately $311,600 while in 2011/2012 the donations were approximately $191,000.
"Gina Rinehart's two companies Hancock Coal and Hancock Prospecting in 2012/13 donated $163,130 to the Coalition and Labor which includes $99,880 to the Nationals.
"Hancock Coal and Hancock Prospecting is set to make massive profits from new coal terminals at Abbot Point in Queensland.
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon is currently at a massive protest at Leard State Forest in North West NSW where 15 machines have been immobilised and work on the controversial Maules Creek mine has been prevented.
150 people, including traditional owners, local farmers and environmentalists, have gathered to call on Environment Minister Greg Hunt to stop the development of the mine.
“Today's action demonstrates people power and resilience. The number of people willing to give up their time to prevent the Maules Creek Mine from going ahead is inspiring.” Senator Rhiannon said.
NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has congratulated protesters at Maules Creek coal mine for commencing action today to prevent critically endangered woodland and endangered wildlife from being bulldozed.
"The protest is taking place at the edge of Leard State Forest which will be devastated as a result of increased mining in the area," Senator Rhiannon said.
"Maules Creek is one of three monster mines which, along with the Boggabri and Tarrawonga coal mines will result in bulldozing 4000 of the 7500 hectares of the old growth forest, which includes 34 threatened species including koalas, and several Endangered Ecological Communities.
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham called on the government to immediately cancel the Doyles Creek mining exploration license which ICAC has found was only granted for the purpose of benefiting his mate, John Maitland and was subject to false and misleading information.