Senator Christine Milne today announced the Australian Greens policy for no new coal seam gas and empowering land holders to say no to coal seam gas on their land.
"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," Greens Leader Senator Milne said.
"Coal seam gas is methane which is a potent greenhouse gas and is leaking from wells and pipes. Not only that, coal seam gas threatens our land and groundwater, which underpins our regional communities and national food security," Senator Milne said.
Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said the Greens were standing with the community on coal seam gas.
"I was at the Beyond Coal and Gas summit in the Hunter Valley on the weekend where hundreds of people, young and old, from cities and rural areas, joined together in opposition to coal seam gas tearing apart their land, water, and climate.
"Only the Greens are working to give landholders the right to say no to coal seam gas on their land and moving to extend new water protections to shale and tight gas mining.
"Tony Abbott is a wolf in sheep's clothing on coal seam gas - he's telling rural communities they should be able to stop coal seam gas mining companies from coming on to their land but then doing nothing about it in Canberra," Senator Waters said.
NSW MLC Cate Faehrmann said: "With the recent Planet Gas pull out, we've seen that communities can win against big mining companies when they stand together and the Greens will continue to be a strong voice for the community in parliament.
"New South Wales, like the rest of Australia, has an abundance of renewable energy alternatives which are the clean, green future," Ms Faehrmann said.