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