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Game over for coal seam gas

Media Release
Christine Milne 8 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens are calling to halt unconventional gas extraction right across the country after the contamination of groundwater from Santos' operation in north-western NSW.

"20 times the safe limit of uranium in the water there. That's a shocking finding that demonstrates the extreme danger to communities posed by coal seam gas extraction," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"The community has been told endlessly that there will be no contamination of aquifers, but now there is proof.

"You can't trust these companies not to contaminate the groundwater and frankly, groundwater is one of our most precious assets.

"The game is up with coal seam gas. We need Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt to admit they are wrong and stop the roll out of unconventional gas right across the country," said Senator Milne.

"This contamination near Narrabri highlights the problem with handing over environmental approval to the states.

"What we've got is state and federal governments in cahoots, wanting to massively expand fossil fuels and pollution of the environment, all while hiding contamination from the community.

"The Abbott government needs to step in and protect our water supply against pollution from toxic chemicals.

"We cannot risk our groundwater. The Australian Greens support today's calls from our state counterparts in NSW and Tasmania to outlaw this dangerous industry."

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