Greens mining spokesperson, Jeremy Buckingham has called on the Australian Petroleum Production Exploration Association (APPEA) to release the research conducted by their lobbyist Crosby Textor in its entirety after APPEA selectively released only one question to the media.
Greens mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham has labelled NSW Minister for Resources Chris Hartcher as 'the new Ian MacDonald', after a series of parochial statements about the Wallarah 2 coal project seemingly contradicting the Premier's assertion of merit based decision making on mining applications.
"Resources Minister Hartcher seems to have picked up where Ian MacDonald left off, deciding on mining projects based on politics and not process - picking winners and losers," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
"Minister Hartcher seems to have one rule for a coal mine proposed for his backyard, and another rule for mining and coal seam gas in the rest of NSW."
Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon was stonewalled yesterday in Budget Estimates by the head of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) who refused to expand on meetings held with Chinese miner Shenhua Watermark Coal Pty Ltd on plans to move coal from Gunnedah to Port Kembla in the Illawarra, bypassing Newcastle Port, because the company missed the deadline for use of the Newcastle coal loader (Audio below).
The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science at the University of NSW will today host a lecture by controversial coal seam gas company Eastern Star Gas (ESG). UNSW students, with The Wilderness Society, are organising a protest outside the lecture to oppose ESG's plans to put gas wells through the Pilliga Scrub and to question the extent of financial support between ESG and UNSW which may impact the university's independence.
Greens Senator and higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon says, "It is disappointing to see an environmental science school at a public university seeming to endorse coal seam gas in the face of huge public concern about its impact on water and farm land.
Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham has called on Barry O'Farrell to urgently look into changing mining access laws to restore balance between landholders and mining companies after farmer Ian Moore has been forced to appeal to the Land and Environment Court after an arbitrated access decision threatens his livelihood.
Farmer Ian Moore has become legally blind but runs his family farm near Jerrys Plains in the Hunter Valley. He is able to continue farming because he knows his property so well, having farmed it for decades. He can not move to another farm. NuCoal has dragged Mr Moore through arbitration over the right to access his land for exploratory drilling, and now Mr Moore has been forced to appeal the decisions in the Land and Environment Court.
"The case of Ian Moore highlights that current access laws under the Mining and Petroleum Acts are totally unbalanced, giving the mining companies the whip hand," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
"The Premier can and must intervene to restore balance to access arrangements between landholders and mining companies.
Government submission backs gas industry over farmers & community
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining, Jeremy Buckingham MLC, is concerned that the government has decided to back the coal seam gas industry over farmers and community, after the government submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into coal seam gas was released yesterday.
"This submission shows that the National Party has either been rolled, or is utterly ineffective at protecting farmers rights," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
The Greens mining spokesperson, Jeremy Buckingham MLC, has congratulated the community for their response and engagement with the NSW Upper House Inquiry into coal seam gas with more than 800 submissions being lodged.
- Contact Details: Office of Jamie Parker MP, ph: 9660 7586
- Event Dates: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 4:00pm
- Location: Cnr of Norton and Marion Streets
- Venue: Leichhardt Town Hall
A warning from Wyoming... How fracking for gas poisoned the water.
- Event Dates: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- Location: 20 Blackwall Rd Woy Woy 2256
- Venue: Office of Chris Holstein, MP for Gosford
The Central Coast Greens are working to protect our drinking, agricultural and environmental water resources.
We oppose the Calga sand quarry expansion because of its effects on local water supplies. We are against the proposed Wallarah2 coal mine because of the impacts on local streams, rivers and groundwater.
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- Event Dates: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 6:30pm - 9:30pm
- Location: 249 Oxford St, Paddington
- Venue: Paddington Town Hall
A very special evening of environmental inspiration with Dr. Bob Brown, Ian Cohen & friends!