MP Kevin Humphries is the new Natural
Humphries is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing
Barwon for the Nationals since 24 March 2007.
He was the Minister for Healthy Lifestyles, Mental Health and Minister for
Western New South Wales in the O'Farrell/Stoner Liberal/National coalition from
On 23rd April 2014, Kevin Humphries became the NSW Natural Resources
Deputy Premier's department said Mr Stoner had hand-picked Mr Humphries for the
role because of his familiarity with northern and north-western NSW farmers and
the contentious issue of coal seam gas exploration.
He said the role was handed over with a "specific brief to look at protecting
land and water resources"
Let's check his record on coal seam gas and fracking ...
Media Release: CGS: No means no
01 Apr 2014 Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries has welcomed a raft of measures
announced by the NSW Government to further strengthen the strict controls around
coal seam gas exploration and production in the state.
“The Liberals and Nationals Government has placed a freeze on the processing of
all new Petroleum Exploration Licence (PEL) applications and renewals,” Mr
“We have not issued one new licence and are now beginning the process of
cracking down on those operators which have not met the conditions of their
Mr Humphries said the government had already refused five PEL applications in
the Riverina and have issued a ‘Show Cause’ notice to Leichhardt resources to
explain why its PEL between Narrabri and Moree, across Nowra or between Bylong
and Denman should not be cancelled.
“As I have constantly said, we are listened to the community’s concerns and will
continue to work to ensure we have the best and strictest regulations in place
for the CSG industry.”
“You will see more action taken to make sure community concerns are addressed.”
Additionally, with the support of the new Minister for Resources and Energy,
Anthony Roberts, Mr Humphries said landholder and industry peak bodies had now
committed to enshrining access agreements.
The Agreed Principles of Land Access (the Principles) was signed on Friday, 28
March by landholder representatives NSW Farmers Association, Cotton Australia
and the NSW Irrigators Council, and gas companies Santos and AGL at a signing
ceremony at NSW Parliament House. (attached)
Mr Humphries said the agreed principles relate to CSG projects in NSW and
specifically cover access to private agricultural landholder’s property for CSG
exploration and production drilling operations.
“It is an agreement based on the values of respect, integrity and trust,” Mr
“I applaud the landholder representatives for their leadership and commitment to
“The signatories to the Principles formally recognise the rights of landholders
across the State to have a voice in what happens on their property.
“Landholders can now deal with these companies with confidence and comfort.
“The Principles show that there are reputable, professional and capable
companies that can responsibly develop natural gas resources in NSW whilst
recognising the importance of respecting, communicating and working with
All parties have agreed to the following principles:
• Any Landholder must be allowed to freely express their views on the type of
operations that should or should not take place on their land without criticism,
pressure, harassment or intimidation. Any Landholder is at liberty to say “yes”
or “no” to the conduct of operation on their land;
• Gas companies confirm that they will respect the Landholder’s wishes and not
enter onto a Landholder’s property to conduct operations where that Landholder
has clearly expressed the view that operations on their property would be
• The parties will uphold the Landholder’s decision to allow access for
operations and do not support attempts by third party groups to interfere with
any agreed operations. The parties condemn bullying, harassment and intimidation
by third party groups and individuals in relation to drilling operations.
“NSW needs to responsibly develop its natural gas resources for the prosperity
of this and future generations, and the signing of the Principles demonstrates
that landholders and operators can co-exist in a mutually beneficial and
respectful way,” he said.
“No does mean no, landholders do have the right to refuse access to any
extractive industry and this rule will be upheld.”
“The pause button has been placed on the industry as we continue to address both
the challenges and opportunities of an emerging industry.”
“We have listened.”
Under the former Labor/Green government there were no rules around the former
industry – we have gone all the way back to the drawing board since we came into
government and progress is being made.
“We are committed to protecting western communities from the type of shonky
operators approved by the former Labor Government.”
Undated - Desperate National Party members have broken ranks on coal seam gas
only to be reigned in by their Liberal colleague, with Resources Minister Chris
Hartcher slapping down the Minister for Western NSW, Kevin Humphries today after
Humphries promised an announcement that coal seam gas pilot production would be
Greens Mining Spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said Nationals MP Kevin
Humphries was on the right track in defending rural communities from the threat
of coal seam gas and should not tolerate being reigned in by his Liberal
colleague Chris Hartcher who said there would be no change to coal seam gas
"This is a massive rebuke for the National Party and the Coalition is in
complete disarray on coal seam gas," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
"If Kevin Humphries can't deliver on the pending announcement he promised this
morning, then he will have lost the confidence of the people of Barwon and
"Labor's reversal on coal seam gas policy has left the government exposed out on
a political limb. Nervous Nationals are now starting to break ranks, while the
pro-industry Liberal Minister attempts to reign them in.
The farmer wants a life: minister urges lockout over coal
September 18, 2012 THE Minister for Western NSW, Kevin Humphries, has encouraged
a group of farmers to continue to ''lock the gate'' to prevent coal seam gas
companies entering their land just days after a cabinet decision on new rules to
balance the interests of miners and farmers.
Mr Humphries, who is the member for Barwon, flew to Moree last Thursday to meet
a local farmer and anti-coal seam gas activist, Penny Blatchford.
Ms Blatchford owns 7000 hectares at Gurley and Bellata, between Moree and
Narrabri, covered by an exploration licence for Leichhardt Resources, which
wants to look for coal seam gas.
Kevin Humphries responds to Bellata's coal seam gas
7 June, 2011 Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries says he is pushing for a halt to
all gas exploratory licenses until the State government gets it's new legislation
Doug Cush is a local farmer and business man and he
organised the meeting, we spoke to him on the Morning Show:
He says the meeting passed a private members bill calling for a moratorium on
new gas exploration to be extended to all owners of properties in NSW who have
highly productive agricultural land, with a view to creating exclusion zones.
"The real concern is that once they enter our area, the law's on their side and
we can't repel them," he says.
Mr Cush says the local member made no commitment to take the members bill to the
government, raising concerns over his stance on the issue.
"Kevin's for progress, he's pro gas," says Mr Cush.
Kevin Humphries questioned the value of the meeting.
"That meeting on Sunday I'm not sure what it really achieved," he says.
"I think it was designed to scare people more than inform people."
Mr Humphries acknowledges it is a very emotive issue. He's toured Queensland
looking at the mistakes and opportunities of the gas exploration in that State,
and says NSW now has the chance to "get it right."
"My view is on coal seam gas is very clear. There are some places coal seam gas
[mining] can go,and they would be places where they are not disadvantaging
agriculture," he says.
Mr Humphries says unfortunately the information available to people is not good
enough. The Government has put a moratorium on new exploratory licenses and is
reviewing existing ones.