Greens MP to spill on CSG 'impacts'
GREENS MP and mining spokesman Jeremy Buckingham will be speaking about his recent "frack-finding tour' to inspect coal seam gas in the US and his Responsible Mining Bill 2012 at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall at 5.30pm tomorrow.
Mr Buckingham will show images and a video showing the impact of the unconventional gas industry in places like Texas, Wyoming and Pennsylvania.
"My recent tour of the United States highlighted the dangers of coal seam gas and provides a graphic warning to Australia not to risk this toxic industry dominating our landscapes," he said.
"I'm keen to share what I witnessed with the people of the Northern Rivers and hope they can attend to watch the videos we took of a mature unconventional gas industry and what it actually means on the ground.
"The Greens Responsible Mining Bill will prohibit coal seam gas and mining in certain productive agricultural areas and other sensitive areas.
Additionally it will provide local councils with the power to prohibit coal seam gas and other mining in certain areas under their local planning provisions."
A survey of Ocean Shores residents to assess their attitude to keeping the region gasfield free is planned for next year.
Residents last week voted to hold a public meeting on February 16 at 3pm at the Ocean Shores Community Centre.
All from Ocean Shores, North Ocean Shores, South Golden Beach and New Brighton are invited to attend.
There will be a second seed meeting on Monday, January 14 at 6pm at the Ocean Shores Community Centre.
For further inquiries phone Olga on 6680 3014.