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following media release by Greens NSW spokesman
on mining, Jeremy Buckingham is reprinted in
near Gloucester homes under AGL’s latest coal
seam gas plan
2 October 2013 - The Greens NSW spokesperson on
mining Jeremy Buckingham called on the O’Farrell
Government to honour its promise not to allow
coal seam gas within 2km of residential areas
and reject a proposal lodged by
to frack four coal seam gas wells in the
lodged a ‘Fracture Stimulation Management Plan’
to frack four wells in the Gloucester Valley in
the first fracking operation proposed since the
government lifted its moratorium on fracking.
The coal seam gas wells are only 300 metres from
homes at Forbesdale, near Gloucester.
“This proposal breaches Barry O’Farrell’s
promise to stop fracking and drilling within 2km
of residential areas and the government should
reject this plan and tell AGL to keep more than
2 kilometres away from people’s homes,” said
Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“All citizens of NSW, including the people of
the Gloucester Valley deserve the protection
that Barry O’Farrell promised in February this
year with the 2 kilometre buffer zone between
coal seam gas and homes.
“The Greens are concerned about the use of
chemicals in the fracking process which AGL
admits ‘may present a risk to human health and
the environment should they be released directly
to an environment where exposure may occur’.
“The Greens are also concerned about potential
to contaminate underground and surface water,
such as the Manning River.
“Emissions from these four wells are estimated
by AGL to be 65,000 tonnes of CO2e. That’s the
equivalent of 13,000 cars driving around for a
year. Venting and flaring will also release
volatile organic compounds, which are a concern
for human health.
“This is not a clean energy, it is not
appropriate to frack coal seam gas near people’s
homes and the government should reject this
application,” he said.
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