The Australian Greens welcome the news that Santos and AGL Energy are expected to sign pledges today to guarantee they will not enter land in NSW without permission.
“This is a well-deserved win for the passionate, dedicated communities and Lock the Gate who have been standing up against coal seam gas to protect land and water,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.
“It’s disgraceful though that it has been left to the big mining companies to voluntarily regulate themselves.
“The old parties are so wedded to the big mining companies that they haven’t even bothered to give farmers the protection that even the mining companies themselves have realised they need.
“This must not be an optional extra for a couple of mining companies in one state – the Abbott Government needs to give farmers the right to protect their land nationally.
“With shale gas poised to take over in Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania, now more than ever rural communities need rights to protect the sustainability of their livelihoods.
“Unfortunately, it’s only the Greens who are standing up for farmers against the big mining companies in the federal Parliament, with our bill to give landholders the right to say no to CSG and unconventional gas mining,” Senator Waters said.