Gillard Govt to respond to Senate CSG Inquiry
An excellent media release today from Queensland Greens Senator Larrissa Waters reminding us that the Government is due to respond tomorrow to the 2011 Inquiry into Coal Seam Gas and the Murray Darling Basin. The report effectively calls for a moratorium until the science and environmental impacts are better understood.
The Senate report can be found here: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=rrat_ctte/mdb/interim_report/index.htm
Good work Larrissa!
The committee recommends that, given the degree of uncertainty about the long-term consequences of the CSG industry on the water resources of the Great Artesian Basin, that the Commonwealth not give any further approvals for production of CSG in that part of the Murray-Darling Basin overlying the Great Artesian Basin pending the completion of the Queensland Government’s regional groundwater model and the CSIRO & Geoscience Australia basin scale investigation of water resources.