Thursday, 15 May 2014
Coal Seam Gas
That the Senate—
(i) the huge community opposition to Metgasco's plans to drill for tight gas near Bentley in New South Wales,
(ii) that tight gas extraction involves hydraulic fracking which risks precious water resources, and
(iii) that 84.5 per cent of Bentley locals want their lands and road gas-field free;
(b) congratulates the Bentley blockaders for their commitment to protecting their land, water, the climate and regional communities from big gas; and
(c) calls on:
(i) the New South Wales Government to respect the rights of protesters to peacefully protest, and to respond to the community's valid concerns by revoking Metgasco's gas exploration permit, and
(ii) the Australian Government to extend the current protections for water resources under our national environment laws to all unconventional gas, to give landholders the right to say no to gas mining on their land, and to not hand responsibility for protecting land and water from big gas to state governments.
I seek leave to make a very short statement.