THE NSW Government should follow Queensland’s lead and sign up to the new National Coal Seam Gas Agreement that aims to strengthen regulation in this sensitive new industry, says State MP for Keira Ryan Park.
“I have always said that coal seam gas was a significant issue for our local area. I have written to the NSW Minister for Energy, calling on the NSW Liberal Government to sign up to the National Partnership Agreement and get scientific advice before they give out any more permits for the exploration of this gas” Mr Park said.
“What we need is sensible discussion about this issue. It’s time to stop playing the blame game, and get serious about this industry. By signing up to this agreement the public can have more confidence going forward.
“In the Illawarra we are very familiar with the importance of industry, particularly mining, however we are a community that wants assurances when it impacts on our local environment.
“This agreement will see the establishment of an independent expert scientific committee that will provide advice to Government’s on Coal Seam Gas developments and their potential impact on water resources, especially sensitive areas like the Catchment Area, located in the Illawarra,” Mr Park said.
“I applaud the Federal Government for establishing this partnership agreement and making positive steps towards stronger reform. I strongly urge the Premier [Barry O’Farrell] to recognise the concerns that the public has surrounding this emerging industry and immediately sign up to this National Agreement.