Greens mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today called upon Environment Minister Robyn Parker to explain why she told ABC Television 7.30 program that testing on potentially poisoned fish had been conducted, when the Department of Primary Industries said no such testing has taken place.
The 7.30 NSW program investigated mass fish kills in the Macleay River in northern NSW after a series of toxic spills from the Hillgrove
Antimony mine near Armidale.
“Has Minister Parker mislead the public when she said tests on the fish had been done and these tests showed no link to the toxic pollution incidents,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham
“Robyn Parker must explain the inconsistency between what she told ABC TV and the statement from the Department of Primary Industry that no tests had been conducted.
Commenting on the grounding of a supply ship carrying marine diesel fuel at the world heritage listed Lord Howe Island, Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said she has written to the federal environment minister and would take the issue up in the current parliamentary estimate hearings ('Supply ship grounding 'an accident waiting to happen', SMH page 3 today http://tiny.cc/s7dli)
"The operation of the MV Island Trader to Lord Howe Island has been an accident waiting to happen," Senator Rhiannon said.
Greens congratulate NSW Government for pollution law reform - Calls for new EPA to be adequately resourced
Greens MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann has congratulated the NSW Government for today's package of reforms to pollution laws and says the Greens are looking forward to working with the government to ensure these and further changes are implemented quickly.
"It's excellent the government has responded quickly to strengthen notification requirements to 'immediate' as the Greens bill would have done. Re-establishing the Environmental Protection Authority as an independent body is also welcome but it needs to be adequately resourced to undertake monitoring and enforcement," said Ms Faehrmann.
The Greens' bill to strengthen pollution laws, which will require immediate notification of serious incidents causing material harm to the environment, is ready to go and should be supported by the Environment Minister, says Greens MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann.
Rally against coal seam gas mining: Sunday 18 September 11am Camperdown Park
A new poll by Galaxy Research has revealed widespread opposition to coal seam gas in Australia.
Greens MP Jamie Parker says the nationwide poll provides support to Sydney's inner west residents, who have already voiced strong opposition to coal seam mining.
"Local residents are rightly concerned about coal seam gas. Dart Energy plans to drill in St Peters and the coal seam gas industry has admitted that extraction will inevitably contaminate aquifers. This could affect a number of surrounding suburbs," said Mr Parker.
The poll found 70% wanted coal seam gas mining prohibited in cities and towns. In NSW 74% supported a moratorium on coal seam gas mining.
- Contact Details: Office of Mehreen Faruqi MLC, phone: 9230 2625
- Event Dates: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 7:30pm
- Location: West Pennant Hills
- Venue: Activity Room, West Pennant Hills Community Centre, 42a Hills Rd
Why are unfiltered stack being imposed on Pennant Hills?
Who is behind the NorthConnex project?
How can the community be heard?
- Event Dates: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm
- Location: The University of Sydney
- Venue: Law School Foyer Level 2, Sydney Law School Annex Eastern Avenue
Professor Lesley Hughes, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University and Lead Councillor, Climate Council
Professor Manfred Lenzen, Professor of Sustainability Research, Faculty of Science, the University of Sydney
- Contact Details: Mark 95171206, Noel 93322886
- Event Dates: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 2:30pm - 6:00pm
- Location: Oxford St Paddington, Sydney
- Venue: Lvl 2 Imperial Hotel
Continental Philosophy Group, Lvl 2 Imperial Hotel, Oxford St Paddington.
Greens at Agquip
Last week the Greens held a stall at Agquip, the biggest agricultural event in Australia. Over 100,000 people visit the event held near Gunnedah each year.