2 September, 2013

Why the delay in gazetting the 2km CSG exclusion zones?

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW is calling on Premier Barry O’Farrell to implement the promise he made in February to create 2km exclusion zone’s to protect communities and sensitive industries from CSG development.

“Why the delay? Is the state government waiting until after the federal election to dump or water down these protections?” Nature Conservation Council of NSW Campaigns Director Kate Smolski said.

“This is a vitally important issue – it is about clean drinking water, community health and the protection of key industries.

“The announcement of the exclusion zones was a victory for commonsense and local community action in western Sydney and across the state, even though it still left a large part of NSW vulnerable to CSG development.

“The O’Farrell government must follow through on its commitment to protect communities and gazette the 2km exclusion zones before the federal election.

“Mr O’Farrell also promised to stop mining in drinking water catchments before the last state election, but he has still not delivered.

“Is the 2km CSG exclusion zone going to be the next broken promise from the O'Farrell government?

“He needs to explain to the people of NSW why he is stalling.”

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