A new Senate Inquiry into coal seam gas across Australia has been proposed by the Australian Greens spokesperson for mining, Senator Larissa Waters.
“The previous Senate Inquiry into coal seam gas only looked at the impacts of CSG in the Murray Darling Basin, but CSG is a problem everywhere,” Senator Waters said.
The Australian Greens are continuing the fight to protect Australia’s water resources from the risky coal seam gas industry, with a public inquiry on Senator Larissa Waters’ water bill held last night in Canberra.
The bill would allow the Federal Government to better protect surface and underground water from mining, including CSG, under national environment laws.
The Queensland Greens say that as the clean-up begins in southern Queensland from February flooding, we may have to wait months for information on damage from breached csg dams and holding ponds.
The Queensland Greens say that information presented in the Senate in question time today should disturb every Queenslander who believes in the right to protest.
"Senator Ludwig made it clear that the federal police were undertaking surveillance of coal seam gas protestors," Queensland Greens state spokesperson Libby Connors said today.
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.