More than 25 councils across NSW have now passed motions against coal seam gas (CSG) mining in their local government area. Some motions declare a moratorium on coal seam gas, others are focussed on security of water issues, others request NSW government for consultation and transparency on plans before mining is approved.
And his next campaign is saving the Kimberley – a fight he likened to the legendary one to save the Franklin River in Tasmania in the 1980s.
Barry O’Farrell’s government has passed legislation that overturns the 26 year ban on exploring for uranium in NSW.
In February the Bill to allow exploration for uranium passed through the Lower House. In late March, it passed through the Upper House with a 20-18 win supported by the Liberals, Nationals, Shooters and Fishers Party and Fred Nile’s Christian Democrats. Only Labor and The Greens voted against it.
Greens uranium spokesperson Jamie Parker MP has condemned the NSW government for today overturning the 26 year moratorium on uranium exploration, saying the government has no mandate for uranium mining.
"The government may claim that this is only about exploration but it is absurd to separate this legislation from potential future mining. The community does not support uranium mining and over the coming months the government will hear this loud and clear.
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today condemned the Planning Assessment Commission's (PAC) decision to allow Nathan Tinkler's Maules Creek coal mine to the next stage of assessment, saying it will decimate the important ecology of the Leards State Forest and makes a mockery of the O'Farrell Government's promises to protect sensitive environments and agricultural land.
This Thursday, March 15 the Greens' Coal Seam Gas Moratorium Bill will be voted on in the NSW Parliament.
The bill if passed through the parliament will put in place a 12 month moratorium on all coal seam gas exploration and the issuing of new coal seam gas production licence across NSW.
John Williams has resurrected in his opinion piece: Mining gas in NSW is viable if it's controlled (SMH Opinion, 1 March 2012) the out-dated argument that all that is needed to make coal seam gas workable in NSW is a technological fix to deal with water impacts and fugitive gas emissions.
There are similarities in this debate to the early days of the climate change movement where a loud but small minority of environmentalists shifted their support to nuclear energy as a way of dealing with greenhouse gas emissions. The nuclear path proved to be a dead end and coal seam gas is quickly heading in the same direction.
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham accused the government of being dishonest with voters by not revealing their plans to open NSW up for uranium mining during the election.
The New South Wales Government appears poised to commit a random act of colossal stupidity, following reports that the NSW Cabinet will move to overturn the state’s 26-year uranium ban.
Greens mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today called on the government to support his Coal Seam Gas Moratorium Bill next week after scientific analysis of a coal seam gas water spill in the Pilliga Forest revealed high levels of heavy metals and salts.