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APPEA in spin overdrive on coal seam gas

Figures released today from Australian Petroleum Production Exploration Association (APPEA) comparing Queensland and NSW on coal seam gas extraction and employment figures ignore the detrimental cost to Australia's environment and the climate by CSG mining, say the Australian Greens.

"APPEA crows about the number of Queensland farmers who have signed up for CSG on their land - omitting the key point that those landowners don't have the legal right to refuse this risky industry," Australian Greens environment spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters said.

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"Flaky" Abbott must back off RET

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott is actively leading Australia down a dark and dangerous path to suffering from global warming.

"On the international stage our Prime Minister is seen as ‘flaky'," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"Respected British economist Lord Nicholas Stern has seen fit to say that this government's actions show it's not serious about climate change."

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Our health and environment are too important to risk with CSG asbestos and uranium

The Australian Greens have called for an end to coal seam and unconventional gas mining following reports today about asbestos contamination at Queensland CSG drill sites, after last week’s revelations about uranium contamination in New South Wales from CSG.

“When you have uranium and now asbestos potentially contaminating drinking water, this has got to be game over for the CSG industry,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

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Game over for coal seam gas

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.

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SA farmers must have right to refuse fracking

The Australian Greens have moved to protect South Australian farmers from shale gas fracking, as community concern grows over unconventional mining on farming land.

Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Senator Penny Wright today sponsored a Senate motion in favour of giving landholders legal rights to refuse shale and fracking on their properties.

"This is a dangerous industry that puts our precious water and farming land at risk," Senator Wright said.

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Call to give farmers the legal right to refuse fracking

We give notice that on the next day of sitting we shall move that -

The Senate notes:

1.    The concern of communities in South Australia and Western Australia about their land and water being threatened by shale and other unconventional gas mining.

2.    That landholders lack the legal right to refuse shale and other unconventional gas mining on their land.

3.    The scientific uncertainty surrounding the environmental and health implications of hydraulic fracturing ('fracking') for shale and other unconventional gas mining.

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