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Greens ready to represent Queensland

Larissa Waters 27 Jan 2012

Friday 27 January 2012

Greens ready to represent Queensland

The Greens are raring to go in the Queensland state election, with Australian Greens Acting Leader Senator Christine Milne giving Greens candidates her support in Brisbane today.

Senator Milne joined Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Greens lead candidate Adam Stone for Mt Coot-tha, candidate for Ashgrove Dr Sandra Bayley and candidate for Yeerongpilly
Dr Libby Connors in the Greens campaign office in Ashgrove to kick off the campaign.

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A broad church of resistance to CSG

Australian Greens environment spokesperson Larissa Waters today welcomed calls by Carmelite nuns in New South Wales to stop drilling for coal seam gas and back renewable energies instead.

“It turns out that there is nowhere in Australia where coal seam gas can’t reach you, even if you’re living in a secluded monastery,” Senator Waters said.

“AGL are planning to build six CSG wells right next to the convent, threatening the groundwater, environment and the land of the region south west of Sydney.

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International Energy Agency alarmed about CSG

Australian Greens Senator Larissa Waters today welcomed the recognition by International Energy Agency (IEA) chief economist Fatih Birol that Australia’s current regulatory frameworks for the coal seam gas industry were lax and cause for concern.

“The comments by Mr Birol echo the deep concerns held by Australian farmers, communities and now a Senate inquiry, that the CSG industry has been allowed to jump ahead of proper scientific understanding of the risks it poses to our land, water and environment,” Senator Waters said.

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Reef in moderate condition, but greatest danger yet to come

A government report into the water quality of the Great Barrier Reef released last night contains some encouraging news, but the unique reef ecosystem is about to come under further pressure from coal and coal seam gas industries, Greens Senator Larissa Waters said.

“The results show some improvement since 2003, but we can do better than “moderate” condition for this internationally significant biodiversity icon,” Senator Waters said.

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