The Australian Greens are calling on the Queensland Government to follow New South Wales’ lead and freeze CSG exploration licences.
“The Newman Government has blocked its ears to the science and the community and hastily approved every coal seam gas project that has crossed its desk,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.
“Now, even though we’re seeing rivers bubbling with methane, uranium contaminating water and the risk of asbestos contamination, the Newman Government is in a flurry to tick off on even more.
“At least the New South Wales Government has pressed pause on this crazed rush to put CSG ahead of our land, water and rural communities.
“The Newman Government needs to follow New South Wales’ lead and freeze CSG exploration licences so that we can investigate the damage that’s already been done, instead of condoning more and more.
“What we really need is a ban on all new CSG approvals and a transition to the safe renewable alternatives, which won’t cost our land, water, rural communities, climate and Great Barrier Reef,” Senator Waters said.
In the Senate today, Senator Waters will table a community petition calling for an end to CSG and unconventional gas mining, signed by 7000 people, who are concerned about the climate, land and water impacts of this risky industry.