Coal Seam Gas

The Greens are standing with the community, opposing the rapid expansion of coal seam gas.

Read our policy for no new coal or unconventional gas mining here.


The Greens are leading the charge to protect Australia from destructive coal seam gas mining.

We have secured federal protection for Australia's water, but there is still work to do.

The Greens are the only party standing up to the big coal seam gas mining companies who are threatening our precious water, valuable farmland and global climate. The Greens say NO new coal seam gas approvals.

Having had a bill in the parliament since August 2011, it seems only the Greens are fighting to give landholders the right to say no to coal seam gas on their land. We are also moving to extend water protections to shale and tight gas mining.

As the fossil fuel era comes to an end, it is not the time to be setting up another damaging industry. Australia needs to focus on transitioning to renewable energy and away from emissions-intensive, environmentally destructive fossil fuels like coal seam gas.

The coal seam gas industry has rapidly expanded across Australia's rich farming regions in Queensland and New South Wales, but scientists still don't know what the long-term impacts will be on our groundwater resources, our prime agricultural land and our environment.

There's so much about this new fossil fuel that we simply don't know. This is why Senator Larissa Waters has been campaigning in Parliament and the community to protect our land, water and climate from coal seam gas.

Only the Greens can be trusted to put land, water, climate and communities ahead of the big mining companies.

Some of Larissa's parliamentary work on CSG

March 2015: Larissa introduced the new Landholders' Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015 into Parliament. 

October 2014: Larissa travelled to Western Victoria where communities and farmland is under threat from plans to expand the unconventional gas industry. In Victoria, Larissa announced that the Greens will introduce an updated Landholder Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill, and will also move to ban fracking. (Policy initiative)

March 2014: The Greens' Lndholders Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill was voted on in parliament. This bill was supported by 0 Nationals, Liberal or Labor MPs

March 2014: Larissa lodges a Senate motion calling for a suspension of current coal seam gas projects and no new approvals 

June 2013: The laws to protect water from coal seam gas pass both house of Parliament, but the old parties voted down Larissa Waters' amendments to allow landholders to lock the gate.

March 2013: Larissa, working with Tony Windsor, makes sure that future assessments of groundwater impacts of Coal Seam Gas will be assessed nationally, so that state governments with irresponsible track records can't be in charge of this process.

February 2013: Larissa gives a "take note" speech about coal seam gas and environmental protection, moves a motion in the Senate, calling on the federal government to act to protect land, water, climate and communities from Coal Seam Gas, and then gives an adjournment speech about coal seam gas

November 2012: Larissa and Senator Christine Milne write to Prime Minister Gillard asking her to fund measurement in to Coal Seam Gas fugitive emissions

Septemer 2012: A speech on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development) Bill 2012

March 2012: A motion calling for a moratorium on new Coal Seam Gas approvals

November 2011: Larissa introduces Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Protecting Australia’s Water Resources) Bill 2011

August 2011: Larissa introduces Landholders' Right to Refuse (Coal Seam Gas) Bill 2011


No New Coal Or Unconventional Gas

Latest on Coal Seam Gas


CSG water spill on Qld farmland shows threat to agriculture

13 May 2015

With treated CSG wastewater flooding on to grazing land near Miles, the Australian Greens are repeating calls for no new CSG and for farmers' rights to say no to coal and gas.


Senate Inquiry into Queensland recommends fracking ban, state ICAC and federal environmental approvals

27 Mar 2015

The Australian Greens have secured recommendations against fracking and devolving federal environment protection in the Senate Inquiry report into the Queensland Government.


Federal Greens bill to use constitution to give farmers, native title holders and local councils right to say no to coal and gas

04 Mar 2015

The Australian Greens will introduce a bill to the federal Parliament today that exercises constitutional powers to give landholders nationally the right to say no to coal and gas mining on their land.


Senate Estimates: Analysis of risks to groundwater from CSG or shale is inadequate or non-existent

27 Feb 2015

Our chemicals regulator is only now starting to understand the risks posed to health and surface water by fracking chemicals. In fact they're not even studying the risks to underground aquifers or from shale gas. You'd think that'd stop the government, but disgracefully they've been handing out approvals like candy for years.


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