Resources, Mining & CSG

The Australian Greens want a strong and diverse economy that sets us up for the long term and does not undermine our environment and the wellbeing of our communities.

The Greens want our future energy needs to be met using renewable energy. Continued reliance on polluting fossil fuels such coal and coal seam gas is destroying our environment, risking our food security, skewing the economy and affecting local communities.

Senior Treasury officials have refuted industry spin about job creation and the claims that the benefits of the mining boom are universal.

The Greens are taking action in the community and in the Parliament with bills to strengthen our national laws to protect our precious water resources, farmland, rural communities and environment from the impacts of rapacious mining.

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Speech: Coal Seam Gas

19 Mar 2015

Lee speaks on a matter of public importance calling on all parties contesting the New South Wales state election to commit to a ban on coal and coal seam gas mining.


Senator Larissa Waters comments on human health and environmental concerns surrounding the Linc Energy UCG plant near Chinchilla

17 Mar 2015

"Revelations that this underground coal gasification plant has allegedly exposed workers to carcinogenic gases and contaminated soil with toxic gas are incredibly alarming.


Adjournment speech: New South Wales Environment

17 Mar 2015

Lee denounces the New South Wales Liberal and National government and their federal counterparts for their environmental vandalism and climate change inaction.


Greens’ Senate motion shows Victorian and federal Nationals conflicted on landholder rights against CSG

05 Mar 2015

The federal Nationals today again deserted the Senate chamber to avoid voting on a Greens' motion putting forward the Victorian Nationals' recent policy position that landholders should have the right to say no to CSG on their land.


Greens introduce new laws to protect landholder rights

04 Mar 2015

The Australian Greens will today introduce a bill to give South Australian landholders the right to say no to coal and gas mining on their land.


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.


Nationals run and hide on Greens’ federal Senate call for ban on coal and CSG for Liverpool Plains

03 Mar 2015

The Nationals, along with the Liberals and Labor, have today failed to support the Australian Greens’ Senate motion calling for the Liverpool Plains to be off limits to CSG and coal, including the Shenhua Watermark mine.


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.



Senate Estimates: Threats to groundwater – fracking chemicals and coal

23 Feb 2015

Senator Larissa Waters questions the Department of Environment about  who is studying the impacts of fracking chemicals on groundwater aquifers.

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