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CSG fugitive emissions: government must urgently fix shoddy under-counting of pollution

Responding to a damning new report from the Melbourne Energy Institute showing that the CSG industry has drastically under-estimated dangerous methane pollution from ‘fugitive’ emissions.  Information from Senate Estimates last week shows that the government has not funded crucial further research.  

Senator Larissa Waters, deputy leader of the Australian Greens and resources spokesperson said;

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Bank decision shows coal seam gas destroys property values

Commenting on reports that CommBank has refused to accept a property with CSG wells on as security for a bridging loan, Acting Greens Leader and Mining & Resources spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said:

“We’ve known all along that fracking and CSG risks our land, water and the climate – now a major bank is admitting it also risks property values.

“This is the smoking gun the industry has been trying to deny for years – that CSG destroys property values.

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Greens Deputy launches national CSG policy in Toowoomba ahead of the election

Standing with Greens Candidate for Groom, Antonia van Geuns, Senator Waters said the Greens stood firmly against new coal and coal seam gas and for a ban on fracking.

"We Greens will always put farmers ahead of the big mining companies' profits, which mostly flow offshore, and unlike the Liberal, National and Labor parties, we don't take donations from coal and gas companies," Senator Waters said.

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Big Gas profits driving domestic price rises

Commenting on reports today that gas bills are set to increase as LNG exports through Queensland ramp up, Senator Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for mining said:

"Foreign-owned gas exporters are destroying our farmland, risking our groundwater and the Great Barrier Reef and are now making cost-of-living worse for Australians by driving up the price of gas.

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APPEA in spin overdrive on coal seam gas

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.

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Greens motion on the Water Contamination Risks of CSG and Shale Gas Mining

That the Senate-
(a) notes:
(i) recent revelations of threats to water from the unconventional gas industry, including water contamination with uranium at 20 times the safe level, at coal seam gas company Santos' Pilliga operations,

(ii) recent reports of contamination of groundwater by asbestos contained in drilling fluids at Origin's coal seam gas operations in Queensland, and

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