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Political leaders must respect public opposition to CSG drilling

The state government must listen to the people and ban coal seam gas development on farmland, according to the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, the state’s peak environment group.

“Today’s Fairfax Media/Nielsen poll [1] demonstrates overwhelming community opposition to coal seam gas development on farmland,” said Nature Conservation Council campaigns director Kate Smolski.  

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Community opposition to uranium exploration remains strong

A petition tabled in the NSW upper house yesterday demonstrates continuing strong community opposition to the development of a uranium mining industry in this state.

The petition, initiated by the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and signed by almost 2,500 people, is in response to the O’Farrell government’s decision to end a 26–year ban on uranium exploration. 

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Time to take handover of environmental powers off the table for good

Conservation groups again called on the Federal Government to remove from federal law, once and for all, any possibility of environmental approval powers being handed to states, just as it has with the new “water trigger” under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

While oil and gas companies yesterday claimed $200 billion of developments are being held back, just last month business groups were unable to provide any evidence to a Senate inquiry that handing over powers would result in efficiency or productivity gains.

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O’Farrell's failing grade on environmental protection, sustainability

The state’s leading environmental organisations will today release a mid-term report card on the O’Farrell Government’s performance on environmental protection and sustainability.

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NSW land clearing laws must be maintained

The sudden cancellation by the O’Farrell Government of a high-level meeting of farmers and environmentalists to review the state’s land clearing laws, on the day the Queensland Government weakened its bushland clearing laws has raised concerns among peak environment groups.

“We had been told there would be a process of consultation and negotiation – but the Friday meeting has been suddenly cancelled – certainly not at our request,” said Jeff Angel, Executive Director of the Total Environment Centre.

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Water decision will be useless if environmental powers go to states

Conservationists are worried Environment Minister Tony Burke’s decision to use the federal
environment law to protect water resources from coal seam gas projects will count for nothing if
final approval powers for big developments are handed to state governments.

The Places You Love alliance has today run an advertisement in a major daily newspaper calling
on Minister Burke to remove from federal law any possibility of environmental approval powers
being handed to states.

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Community takes Newcastle's streets to defend public health and environment

On Saturday, March 16, people from all walks of life will took to the streets in Newcastle to highlight community concerns about health and environmental impacts of the fourth coal terminal proposed by Port Waratah Coal Services.

“The overwhelming majority of people in Newcastle oppose the proposal to build a fourth coal terminal due to legitimate concerns about impacts on public health and the environment,” said Kate Smolski, Campaigns Director of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.

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Fishing amnesty undermines conservation and the rule of law

The NSW Government’s extraordinary announcement that it will turn a blind eye to illegal fishing from beaches and headlands in marine sanctuary zones undermines marine conservation and the rule of law in NSW, according to the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.

The government has advised that: “Fisheries and Marine Parks Officers will be instructed not to enforce restrictions that ban recreational line fishing in sanctuary zones on beaches and headlands until the new threat and risk assessments have been carried out”.

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New powers promise to provide greater protection for water resources

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW has welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s decision to empower the federal environmental agency to block large coal mines and coal seam gas projects if they jeopardise vital water resources.

“We still need to look closely at the proposed legislation, but at first glance it appears to be a very positive step by Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke,” said Chief Executive Officer Pepe Clarke.

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The Score

March 26 marks the mid-term of the O’Farrell Government and so far they are failing on environmental protection. 

The Score, a mid-term review conducted by the state’s leading environmental organisations, has found the government’s record since coming to office has been characterised by inaction, broken promises and backward steps on important environmental issues.

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