Figures released today from Australian Petroleum Production Exploration Association (APPEA) comparing Queensland and NSW on coal seam gas extraction and employment figures ignore the detrimental cost to Australia's environment and the climate by CSG mining, say the Australian Greens.
"APPEA crows about the number of Queensland farmers who have signed up for CSG on their land - omitting the key point that those landowners don't have the legal right to refuse this risky industry," Australian Greens environment spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters said.
"The Greens are the only party pushing to give landholders the right to say no to dangerous CSG on their land. Labor, Liberals and the Nationals shamefully all voted against our bill to give these rights last month.
"As a result of community opposition and scientific concern, the gas industry is now in spin overdrive, with APPEA grossly exaggerating employment figures and ignoring that profits flow offshore to overseas owners.
"Coal seam gas provides a fraction of the jobs created by the Great Barrier Reef, yet the Abbott Government is letting the big mining companies trash the Reef to expand ports for gas export.
"No amount of spin about short-term economic benefits of CSG can hide the long-term costs of this fossil fuel to our environment and our economy.
"The world is at the end of the fossil fuel era and Australia has viable renewable energy alternatives that don't threaten our land, water and climate.
"The Greens congratulate the New South Wales farmers and communities whose united stance against CSG has successfully slowed the spread of this disastrous industry in their state, protecting land, water, the climate and future food security.
"The Greens won't give up as a strong voice in Parliament for everyone who eats, drinks and needs a livable climate," Senator Waters said.