Barnaby: Greens All About Politics On CSG

16 Mar

Media release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 15 March 2012:

Greens party CSG inquiry about politics not action

The Greens party’s attempt to instigate another inquiry into coal seam gas is politically motivated and counterproductive. Another inquiry will simply delay the changes that are needed to deliver better outcomes for the environment and for landholders.

The Nationals were responsible for the instigation of the Senate inquiry into coal seam gas which reported in November last year. That report made comprehensive recommendations on establishing a national regulatory framework including cumulative and regional modelling, the regulation of chemicals, water licences, trust funds for make good expenses, prime agricultural land and access arrangements.

The Nationals also called for at least 1 per cent of the gross revenue from coal seam gas go towards providing a return to landowners.

The government has not responded to that inquiry. At this point in time having a further inquiry, to look into what has already been covered, is not of any assistance.

The inquiry seems to be more of a political advertising campaign for the Greens party than a genuine attempt to be part of the resolution.

The Nationals have been very clear about what needs to be resolved. Prime agricultural land must be protected, aquifers cannot be destroyed, the quiet enjoyment of residential areas must be respected and a fair return must go back to the landholders on whose land the drilling takes place.

What will a further inquiry achieve beyond delaying action on these issues? In essence, it would dilute the potency of the recommendations made last year because clearly the Greens party does not think that this inquiry was good enough and we need another one.

The Nationals don’t resile from future inquiries if they are needed but the Greens seem to want another one just because they were not responsible for the first Senate inquiry into this issue.

5 Responses to “Barnaby: Greens All About Politics On CSG”

  1. JMD March 16, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    Barnaby needs to peruse the articles I linked to yesterday. Credit bubbles have a powerful influence on human behaviour, after all, you cannot possibly have enough money. ‘Easy money’ thus leads to irrational behaviour, of which nothing good will come. Ultimately the farmers will be left holding the bag as it is their land, thus livelihood, being done over.

    I’m not holding my breath for any politician to state it plain, since it is government of all persuasions blowing the credit bubbles with their ‘money’ monopoly.

  2. Graeme Henderson March 16, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Well The Greens are a political party, not to be mistaken for environmentalists they seem to be functioning as the left wing of Labor. In Queensland they, and their front organisation, Lack The Gate Alliance, only want to save 4% of the state, something no real environmentalist would ever consider appropriate.
    But Barnaby is not helping, what is required is a Royal Commision with enough power to investigate the corruption that has allowed this filthy industry to flourish. Give land owners back the rights that have been stolen by stealth in the Communistic legislation that sees our constitutional rights ignored.

    • JMD March 16, 2012 at 10:55 am #

      A royal commission won’t help. No commission will come out & say the government itself is blowing a credit bubble in the natural gas industry, which will burst. In fact it may be close to bursting already, re the zerohedge link I posted yesterday.

      Any farmer would sell if offered enough ‘money’, no matter the long term consequences on the land itself.

  3. Graeme Henderson March 16, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    Right here, where I live, a Royal Commission is vital, the disaster happening around me is so blatantly corrupt, the relationship between miners and local government,, between miners and DERM and DEEDI, and the corruption of the news media are all issues that need to be resolved, regardless of credit bubbles. Most importantly the role of Big Environment Groups like friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, who take money and do nothing with it. The economics used to justify the CSG boom have always been shonky, There is natural gas everywhere from the bottom of New Zealand to the Artic Circle, Peak Oil, and Peak Gas are a long way off, but it is good marketing to keep saying that it is running out, and it helps ease awkward environmental restrictions. If 10% of the area being explored, was turned to production, the price would crash, the economic viability of the projects would be gone, and in typical mining fashion, they would pack up and leave those of us who are in the midst of it, to pay for the clean up. In my opinion, it is all about making money on the shares, with no thought of what the cosequences will be, because the people making the money all live a long way from this CSG hell on Earth I have found myself stuck in. A Royal Commission would at least offer the chance to see some of those responsible held to account. It wouldn’t hurt to bring in hanging for a while, we will need bigger jails otherwise.

    • JMD March 16, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

      No issues will be resolved by the government because the government is the cause of the problem. A Royal Commission will not hold those responsible to account, when those responsible are the ones setting the terms of the Royal Commission. Corrupt for sure, but corruption is one of the features of credit bubbles. Money talks & when the government has a monopoly on it…..

      You seem to have first hand knowledge of the issue though. Not telling him how to run his blog but I’m sure TBI wouldn’t say no to a guest post informing us of the situation on the ground. I’m quite interested as I live in a rural area. No coal seam gas here….. yet.

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