Senate debates

Monday, 10 September 2012


Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development) Bill 2012; In Committee

8:12 pm

Photo of Larissa WatersLarissa Waters (Queensland, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

Thank you, Minister. I am struggling to understand how the government can find the right balance in relation to groundwater once it is depleted, once the pressure has been changed or once it has been contaminated—all of which are likely and in fact demonstrated outcomes of coal seam gas. How on earth can you balance our most precious resource that much of our food growing and food export, for that matter, depend upon with an industry that threatens to have long-term impacts that will deplete and/or contaminate it? How is that a balance, Minister, when one will be totally destroyed by the other?


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