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Minister Macfarlane’s gas push risks land, water and communities

Media Release
Larissa Waters 9 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens condemn the Abbott Government’s Energy Minister Ian Macfarlane’s push to “flood the market” with gas, including by trying to bully NSW into developing its own coal seam gas fields and the NT and SA into dangerous fracking and mega pipelines, as reported today.

“Communities are being forced to protect their land and water from gas through protest but the Abbott Government is ignoring them and instead pushing for even more fracked gas,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“The Abbott Government needs to start listening to the community and realising that ruining our farmland and groundwater is short-sighted and reckless, especially when we have viable, renewable alternatives.

“We could be powering Australian homes and businesses with clean, affordable renewable energy but instead the Abbott Government has set up a review into the Renewable Energy Target led by a climate sceptic, creating great uncertainty for investors in clean energy.

“While the Abbott Government comes up with pipedream schemes to please their fossil fuel masters, the clear solution shines down every day in the form of renewable energy.

“With the news that Arrow Energy is pushing ahead with a massive gas field in the Bowen Basin of 6,625 gas wells to last for 40 years, threatening a national park and grazing and cropping land, the last thing we need is even more unconventional gas mining to endanger our food security, climate and environment,” Senator Waters said. 

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