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Greens launch national plan for no new coal seam, shale or tight gas



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Senator Larissa Waters Senator for Queensland MEDIA RELEASE Monday, 26 August 2013

Greens launch national plan for no new coal seam, shale or tight gas

The Australian Greens today launched their national plan for no new coal seam gas, shale or tight gas mining in Yarragon in support of the community's campaign to become CSG free.

"The Greens are the only major party supporting communities like Yarragon, who are banding together to say no to risky, dirty coal seam gas," Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

"With coal seam, shale and tight gas exploration across much of Victoria and only a non-statutory ban on fracking by the state government, we need federal intervention to stop this risky industry and to give landholders the right to say no.

"The Greens are standing up to the big mining companies with our plan for no new coal seam gas, shale or tight gas mining nationally because of the risks these fossil fuels pose to land, water and the climate.

"But the old parties are both in bed with the big mining and gas companies - every single coal seam gas proposal that has come before them has been approved.

"In an age of food insecurity, at the end of the fossil fuel era, it's crazy to be allowing unconventional gas mining to steam roll ahead when we have viable renewable alternatives at hand that don't jeopardise land or water.

"Regional Victoria needs more strong Greens voices in the Senate to stand to up to the mining lobbies - not roll over to them like the old parties always do," Senator Waters said.

Australian Greens lead Senate candidate for Victoria Janet Rice said coal seam gas was threatening to swallow up strong, vibrant regional communities.

"Today the locals took me to a site 200 metres from the centre of Yarragon where a mining company wanted to drill to explore for coal seam gas.

"It's simply not acceptable for our land and water to be jeopardised in this way and I'm proud to be standing with passionate communities to say no to coal seam gas.

"In the Senate, I would be a strong voice to protect Victoria from tight gas and shale gas, emerging across the state as the next big threat to our land and water," Ms Rice said.

Contacts:

Senator Waters (Monique Vandeleur) 0419 626 725 Janet Rice (Liz Ingham) 0409 333 595