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Big win on coal seam gas

Mayor of Marrickville, Fiona Byrne addresses the No Gas rally in St Peters

MEDIA RELEASE

The Greens have renewed calls for the State government to revoke Dart Energy’s Coal Seam Gas mining licence in St Peters. These calls follow the announcement of a ban on coal seam gas mining within 2 kilometres of residential areas announced by the State government this week.

“Granting a licence for coal seam gas mining in the residential area of St Peter’s was a reckless and irresponsible act of the former Labor government. Exploration and mining within metres of people’s homes should never have been allowed” commented Greens Councillor David Leary who represents St Peters on Marrickville Council.

“If the ban on mining within 2 kilometres of residential area announced today is fair dinkum then the State government should immediately move to revoke the St Peter’s licence. There is no reason why the licence issued to Dart Energy should remain in force” said Councillor Leary.

In May 2011 Dart Energy announced it would start drilling at St Peters in September-October that year. But after a concerted campaign by local residents, the Greens, and other environmental groups the company subsequently announced it had put plans to drill at St Peters on hold.

Despite Dart Energy’s announcement local residents were still concerned that the licence issued to Dart Energy remained in place and have been campaigning for it to be revoked.

“Today the long, hard fought campaign by the Greens and local activists has paid dividends with the O’Farrell Government backing down on plans for coal seam gas in suburban areas. To make that back down complete the St Peter’s licence should also now be revoked” said Clr Leary.

Turning dense residential areas into a gas field is obviously problematic. Inner West residents are concerned about safety risks posed by coal seam gas operations and as well as associated pollution of the air and underground water. Elsewhere in the state pock-marking productive agriculture land with gas infrastructure and threatening precious water resources is also a major concern.

Media contact: Greens Councillor Clr David Leary 0409 421 323

Council Election a Referendum on Coal Seam Gas

Greens candidate for Marrickville Council South Ward-Magura, Dr David Leary has called on voters to make the council election on 8th September a referendum on Coal Seam Gas.

“Coal seam gas mining is just plain dumb- and proposals to mine in residential areas like Dart Energy’s proposal to mine in St Peters is simply dumber than dumb” said Dr Leary.

At a recent Marrickville Council meeting, Marrickville ALP and conservative Independent councillor Morris Hanna voted against a Greens motion to hold a poll on Coal Seam Gas mining at the Council elections.

“A referendum would have given a clear indication to Dart Energy and the state government that the community of Marrickville have not granted coal seam gas a social licence to operate” stated Dr Leary.

“Even though the local community has been deprived of a referendum on coal seam gas, voters can still send a strong message against coal seam gas by voting for the Greens in the Marrickville Council election on 8th September” said David Leary

“Labor approved the mining licence for Dart energy in St Peters, and the Liberals continue to refuse to revoke that licence. Only the Greens have consistently opposed coal seam gas mining and worked closely with the local community to push for Dart energy’s licence to be revoked” noted Dr Leary.

Despite the ongoing concerns of residents faced with a potential gas mining site in St. Peters, ALP and conservative independent councillors such as the Mayor Morris Hanna did not see the sense in council conducting a poll which would have, in all likelihood, shown how huge the opposition to CSG mining is in Marrickville.

“This election local residents should make their voice heard on coal seam gas” said Dr Leary

St Peters is the first urban coal seam gas drill site in Australia. It is seven kilometres from the CBD, and right next to schools, pre-schools and homes. Despite repeated requests to the State government Dart energy’s licence is yet to be revoked.

Contact: David Leary 045 865 4423

Greens call for CSG poll defeated

At the June Council meeting, Marrickville ALP and Independent councillors voted against a Greens motion to hold a poll on Coal Seam Gas mining in the Marrickville local government area.

Despite the ongoing concerns of residents faced with a potential gas mining site in St. Peters, these 7 councillors did not see the sense in council conducting a poll which would have, in all likelihood, shown how huge the opposition to CSG mining is in Marrickville.

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Photo of demonstration against CSG mining in St. Peters, Oct 13, 2012
by SavingOurTrees Marrickville –  http://savingourtrees.wordpress.com/?s=CSG

Councillor Cathy Peters put the motion to Council because a poll could have been conducted during the forthcoming local government elections in September which would have provided important and significant statistical evidence of the local  community’s opposition to SCG mining and exploration. St Peters is the first urban coal seam gas drill site in Australia. It is seven kilometres from the CBD, and right next to schools, pre-schools and homes.

“Our residents have been denied the opportunity to voice their opposition (or support) for CSG mining during the forthcoming local government election and for Council to have obtained important statistical information from a large representative body of residents in our area” commented Clr Peters.

Marrickville Council has expressed ongoing concern about the potential for CSG mining at St Peters since the details of the granting of exploratory licenses by the then NSW Labour Government to Dart Energy, formally Macquarie Energy, became public.  The council recently reaffirmed its opposition to CSG mining on the Dial-a-Dump site by explicitly disallowing any extractive mining on the site in the conditions of consent for the company’s recent DA.

Communities throughout NSW are facing similar issues regarding CSG mining and its impact in their communities. Lismore City Council has voted to conduct a similar poll during the forthcoming election to gauge the level of community support or other for this mining.

Greens councillors and the local action group, Stop CSG Sydney, were unimpressed with the position taken by ALP and Independent councillors who argued against a poll even though the cost of it was covered in Council’s budget for the local government election.

“This was an excellent opportunity for residents to voice their opinion and to provide Council with information which could be used to inform State and Federal politicians on the community’s views on CSG mining and exploration and given the potential impact of CSG mining and exploration here and throughout Australia, such a poll should have been undertaken”.

More info on latest CSG issues  : http://nsw.greens.org.au/content/greens-question-metgascos-evidence-coal-seam-gas-inquiry

Stop CSG Sydney – http://www.nogasmininginsydney.com/

STOP CSG MINING SYDNEY FUNDRAISER  – http://www.nogasmininginsydney.com/  JULY 25 – Petersham Town Hall, 7-10pm