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Bob Brown wrong on clean coal.

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MEDIA RELEASE Senator Chris Evans Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Shadow Minister for National Development, Resources and Energy

14 February 2007


Senator Bob Brown's claims that clean coal technology will not be viable in the Hunter Valley are misinformed and incorrect.

There is no reason why coal fired power stations in the Hunter Valley could not be converted to clean coal technology in the future, through the post combustion capture of carbon emissions and the storage of that carbon deep underground.

I was briefed by the CSIRO this week on the potential application of these technologies in Australia.

There are a number of Australian based clean coal research projects currently underway that have the potential to deliver significant carbon emission reductions over the next 10 to 15 years.

This research is being conducted collaboratively by the CSIRO, the coal and power industries and universities.

While currently there is no identified site suitable for large scale geosequestration in NSW, research is showing that there are potentially numerous smaller sites that cumulatively could absorb the carbon emissions from the Hunter Valley's coal power stations.

Some of these are deep coal seams that have shown promising signs as suitable sites for geosequestering carbon.

Coal fired power stations currently provide the majority of our electricity and it is predicted that they will continue to do so for many years.

Labor supports the ongoing research into clean coal technologies and renewables which have the potential to dramatically cut our greenhouse gas emissions, while maintaining our energy supplies and protecting jobs.

Media contact: Tim Friedrich 02 6277 3233; 0417 753 219