Eastern Suburbs Sydney
Keneally calls on Hartcher to rule out St Peters Coal Seam Gas Mining
Kristina Keneally performing on floor of Parliament
"As Minister Hartcher has yet to show any ticker or initiative, I'm not surprised he isn't brave enough to rule out CSG mining in St Peters. But it is remarkable that, when given a chance to explicitly state his support for community consultation with families in St Peters, the Minister failed to do so," Member for Heffron Kristina Keneally said.
Ms Keneally asked a Question on Notice, giving the Minister the opportunity to rule out CSG exploration in St Peters, or failing that, to commit to community consultation on a CSG exploration renewal. Minister Hartcher failed on both counts, instead spending 42 words of his 61 word answer talking about the previous government.
"I've got news for Minister Hartcher: he is in Government now. What people in St Peters want to know is what he is going to do about the future," Ms Keneally said.
"Dart did not undertaken any drilling in St Peters during the term of the previous government. But Dart are very clear that it intends to do so on the O'Farrell Government's watch."
"Dart Energy has publicly stated the company intends to start drilling in St Peters in 2013-14. If Minister Hartcher lacks the gumption to rule out CSG mining in inner Sydney, wouldn't he at least make a positive and definitive statement about consulting the community about CSG exploration?"
Ms Keneally said much had changed in the past 3 years in terms of understanding the technology, impacts, risks and/or benefits of CSG in rural and urban areas.
"It is incredibly disappointing that Minister Hartcher can't provide the community of St Peters with any clear policy on CSG in the inner city, or outline a process for the future when it comes to CSG mining under their neighbourhood streets."
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