25 June 2012
The Greens NSW passed a motion at their State council meeting on the weekend condemning the O’Farrell Government’s decision to allow coal seam gas pilot production at Fullerton Cove near Newcastle.
Greens NSW MP and mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham said, “the decision to support pilot production shows the Government has not listened to the concerns of the community. This project is adjacent to internationally protected wetlands and is not far from metropolitan Newcastle, it is not a suitable place for coal seam gas development.
“The Government’s announcement of a new coal seam gas commissioner for agricultural land does nothing to protect Newcaslte’s drinking water supply which is threatened by the Fullerton Cove pilot production,” Mr Buckingham said.
The resolution passed at the State Delegate’s Council meeting stated:
That the Greens NSW condemn the NSW Government for allowing coal seam gas pilot production at Fullerton Cove which puts at risk part the Hunter’s drinking water supply, RAMSAR listed wetlands and the health and livelihood of the local residents of Fullerton Cove.
The Greens NSW congratulate the Fullerton Cove community for their ongoing campaign against Dart Energy’s plans for coal seam gas development in the Fullerton Cove area.
The Greens NSW call on the Government to withdraw the approval to Dart Energy and rescind the coal seam gas exploration licence over the Fullerton Cove area and surrounds.
Newcastle Greens Councillor Michael Osborne welcomed the decision of the state meeting of the Greens.
“The Greens are standing with the community against coal seam gas development that threatens our region’s drinking water supply, environmental icons like the Hunter wetlands and the amenity and lifestyle of the local area.
“The State Government should not be allowing our water supply to be treatened” Councillor Osborne said.
“The Tomago Sandbeds is an underground water source that provides about 20% of the lower Hunter’s drinking water. The sandbeds are parallel to the coast between Newcastle and Port Stephens.”
Michael Osborne: 0439 442 984