Polls out today show strong community opposition to CSG in New South Wales and the Abbott Government needs to start listening, say the Australian Greens.
"According to Lock the Gate's poll, 84% of NSW respondents support a ban on CSG on productive agricultural land and 74% want a ban on fracking, while a Newspoll in The Australian today shows 56% of NSW and ACT respondents are against CSG altogether," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.
"People have good reason to be concerned about CSG - the National Water Commission has warned CSG risks our water supplies, which underpin our agricultural industry.
"Yet the big mining companies are trying to buy public support with expensive spin campaigns to try and drown out the science.
"The Abbott Government needs to wake up and realise that we're at the end of fossil fuel era and there's no excuse for threatening our water, land, climate and food security, when we have viable renewable alternatives.
"Before the election, the Coalition said that CSG mining would only go ahead if there was no long-term damage to underground water supply and if agricultural production was not permanently impaired.
"Now the Coalition is in power, it has dramatically changed its tune and is pressuring the states to fast track this risky industry, while blocking its ears to the community's concern and scientists' warnings," Senator Waters said.