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.
Larissa's CSG work
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 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