A report released today by the Queensland Water Commission contains warnings about the potential impact on NSW's water supplies by the coal seam gas industry [CSG], according to the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
NCC CEO Pepe Clarke said the report, which says water levels in up to 520 private bores can be expected to drop due to coal seam gas mining, has alarming implications for the NSW environment and agriculture.
“This report by Queensland's pre-eminent water policy body sends a clear message that there are serious consequences of uncontrolled expansion of the CSG industry,” Mr Clarke said.
“It reinforces the need for a moratorium on CSG until the science and the planning framework is in place.
“The impact of CSG on groundwater supplies will only add to the pressures of drought cycles and their impact on landholders and on the environment,” Mr Clarke said.