MISSED OPPORTUNITY ON CSG FOR BAIRD GOVERNMENT

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Labor will press ahead with its own bill to halt coal seam gas mining in NSW following the defeat of the Petroleum (Onshore) Amendment (Prohibit Coal Seam Gas) Bill 2015 in the Legislative Council.

The Baird Government voted against the Greens' bill, which sought an outright prohibition of CSG in NSW, in the process killing off the opportunity for Labor to put forward a range of sensible amendments.

Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council Adam Searle will now work to introduce a private members bill proposing a state-wide moratorium on coal seam gas until the NSW chief scientist's recommendations are implemented.

Labor will also propose the introduction of no-go zones for all coal seam gas activity in the Northern Rivers region, core water catchments and other designated areas.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Industry, Energy and Resources Adam Searle

“This is a missed opportunity to put public policy in this area on a sound footing and do it across party lines.”

“Labor has a plan to protect water, agricultural land and communities from an industry that still has a long way to go to prove it can operate safely and with the full confidence of the community and government.”

“We will be pursuing this policy through a Labor-sponsored private members' bill. I look forward to working with all MPs of good will to achieve the outcome the community of NSW needs."

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for the Environment Penny Sharpe

“Labor’s amendments would have forced the Government to implement the chief scientist’s recommendations. It’s clear by its actions today that this Government has no intention of doing any such thing.”

“Labor remains committed to its policy and will do everything it can to make sure it is passed.”