Farmers back Windsor bill on CSG

Beef Central, 23/09/2011

The NSW Farmers Association has thrown its support behind a proposal to allow the Federal Government to step in when the actions of a mining or coal seam gas company threatens vital water resources.

Federal Independent Tony Windsor has introduced the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Mining, Petroleum and Water Resources) Bill to Parliament.

In a press release issued this morning NSW Farmers President Fiona Simson says having had time to consider the Bill in detail, it reflects the growing community concern about the impact of mining and coal seam gas on water reserves.

“Water is the lifeblood of regional NSW. It underpins the production of food and fibre, our businesses and communities,” she said.

“Communities across the State have begun questioning the impact this relatively new and unchecked industry is having on water used by farmers and communities.

“The Federal Government can play an important role in assessing new mining and coal seam gas applications, and the precautionary approach taken in Mr Windsor’s Bill is warranted; given so little is known about coal seam gas in Australia.”

NSW Farmers said it is calling on Federal politicians to consider public concerns about the actions of mining and coal seam gas companies, and support Mr Windsor’s Bill.


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