Today is World Water Day and in the context of the Queensland state election it is clearly only the Greens who are taking the issue of water seriously.
“Coal Seam Gas and uranium mining will be full steam ahead after Saturday if the polls are correct.” Queensland Greens spokesperson and candidate for Whitsunday Jonathon Dykyj said.
Dr McDonald said, “The LNP doesn't have a policy to sell off Unity Water. But they don't have a policy that states they will not sell off any more State assets despite opposing the Bligh Government sales.
The Greens candidate for Noosa, Jim McDonald, called for the State Government to restore Unity Water assets to the Councils that developed them. Dr McDonald said, “Ratepayers funds helped develop Noosa's water supply and so it belongs to the community. It should never have been grabbed by the Bligh Government to be corporatised in preparation for selling off another public asset.
The risky coal seam gas industry looks set to secure millions of litres of groundwater from the Murray Darling Basin while the environment misses out, Australian Greens mining spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said today.
The Queensland Greens believe:
The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) has been thrown into a panic over the ABC’s new online research project on coal seam gas mining, Australian Greens spokesperson for mining Senator Larissa Waters said today.
Queensland’s novice Minister for the Environment Vicky Darling admitted in an evening news interview that she was unaware that her Department had approved the discharge of treated CSG water to the Condamine River (and Murray Darling system) which is harmful to aquatic ecosystems.
On the same day she issued a press release that misrepresents the CSG companies’ capacity to reinject produced water into aquifers. [See: http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/MMS/StatementDisplaySingle.aspx?id=77821 /The Honourable Vicky Darling/24/11/2011/Environment and farmers first under Coal Seam Water Policy]