23 April, 2012

Singleton takes its message to the City

Singleton residents are urged to join a rally on 1 May to protect residential and sensitive environmental areas from damage by coal mining and coal seam gas [CSG] extraction.

The rally at 12pm in Martin Place will bring country and city people together to protect land, water and local communities from runaway coal expansion, Chief Executive Officer of the Nature Conservation Council, Pepe Clarke said.

Singleton is suffering the cumulative environmental effects of 30 coal mining projects and these will continue to increase,” Mr Clarke said.

Spokesman for Singleton Shire Healthy Environment Group, John Drinan said residents had concerns for their water supply and for the future of agricultural land.

“We are cynical about Government and their willingness to address any of our issues,” Mr Drinan said.

“For 20 years we have been concerned about the amount of asthma, sinusitis and respiratory disease in the area.

“The NSW Minerals Council has made some positive attempts to talk to residents and deal with issues affecting the community but we need to consolidate these gains.

“But coal mining continues to lay waste to the Hunter. From Singleton to Muswellbrook there have been gross landscape transformations. There’s a constant haze, our creeks and aquifers have been destroyed and native vegetation is being wiped out.”


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