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WARREN HAS A NEW CSG POLICY

WARRENS NEW CSG POLICY

http://nationals.org.au/News/LatestNews/tabid/94/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/6934/Nationals-launch-coal-seam-gas-blueprint.aspx

Nationals launch coal seam gas blueprint

06-November-2011

Warren Truss MP –

Federal  Leader of The Nationals Warren Truss has today outlined a blueprint for coal seam gas development in Australia.

“The Nationals adopted a coal seam gas policy at our Federal Council Meeting in August, and on Friday we finalised a set of principles at a federal parliamentary party room meeting in Cooma to implement that policy,” Mr Truss said.

“Coal seam gas development requires a comprehensive policy approach that addresses the environmental, community and economic impacts of the industry. The principles we have decided take a measured, rational and balanced approach to the industry and its management.

“Managed properly, coal seam gas has the potential to revitalise parts of regional Australia, delivering a new economic boom. Poorly managed, it could become an environmental and social disaster.

“With that in mind, The Nationals’ approach to the development of Australia’s coal seam gas resources is based on five core principles:

  • No coal seam gas development should proceed where it poses a significant impact to the quality of groundwater or surface water systems. It must be absolutely clear that no coal seam gas development should occur unless it is proven safe for the environment.
  • Prime agricultural land is an increasingly important natural asset. It must be protected from activities that destroy its capacity to deliver food security – not only for our nation, but for a hungrier world, for generations to come.
  • Coal seam gas development must not occur close to existing residential areas. People who have bought a home, with a reasonable expectation of being away from mining operations, must not be thrown into turmoil coal seam gas operations springing up on their doorstep.
  • Landowners are entitled to appropriate pecuniary returns sourced by reason of access to their land. Remuneration for landowners should not be limited to compensation.
  • The regions that deliver much of the wealth from coal seam gas developments deserve to see a fair share of generated revenues reinvested in their communities. This is an opportunity to grow our nation and encourage a lasting legacy from coal seam gas developments.

“Shortly, The Nationals will launch a discussion paper on specific policy options to achieve these core principles.

“Political differences must be put aside to ensure that regional Australia gets the best deal from coal seam gas and our environment is properly protected.

“That said The Nationals are concerned by an Independent push to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, with proposed changes being too broad in scope and likely to impose yet more red tape and bureaucracy on landowners.

“The Nationals agree that new bio-regional studies will inform part of the response to managing the coal seam gas industry, but right now a more comprehensive policy approach is essential.

“There is no doubt that the environment must be protected, but so do the economic development imperatives of regional Australia and the legitimate rights of landowners.

“Unless regional communities are engaged as partners, and have something to gain, in the development of the coal seam gas industry, they will not support it – let alone on their land.

“Without winning widespread support from regional communities, coal seam gas development will not occur. The need to earn a social licence is a reality the coal seam gas industry and governments must come to grips with.

“The state governments have primary responsibility for the approval and supervision of the coal seam gas industry and The Nationals recognise the role and efforts of state governments in dealing with this issue. However, the stakes are so high for regional Australia that federal leadership is demanded – something the Gillard government has lacked.

“For regional Australians, we recognise that coal seam gas poses opportunities and risks. We must ensure the benefits of this emerging boom protect the environment. That means balancing the needs of mining companies, landowners and communities.

“Meeting those needs and spreading the benefits will help to underwrite support for the industry and ensure that it delivers regional Australia, and the nation, a lasting legacy beyond the 35-year life of a coal seam gas well.”

One comment

  1. Thanks Warren , that is some solid policy , “Shortly, The Nationals will launch a discussion paper on specific policy options to achieve these core principles.”,
    OK , so where is the policy on a CSG trigger on water resources ? HMMMMMMM?

    “Prime agricultural land is an increasingly important natural asset. It must be protected from activities that destroy its capacity to deliver food security – not only for our nation, but for a hungrier world, for generations to come.”

    Sooooo , how are you going to achieve this without any Federal legislative power ?

    “For regional Australians, we recognise that coal seam gas poses opportunities and risks. We must ensure the benefits of this emerging boom protect the environment. That means balancing
    the needs of mining companies, landowners and communities.”

    You have put the mining industry first .



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