CSG moratorium bill for debate

A BILL which would bring the coal-seam gas industry in NSW to a halt is just two votes short of passing the upper house of the NSW Parliament, according to Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

The Greens' Coal Seam Gas Moratorium Bill will be debated by the upper house today.

The bill would place a moratorium on CSG development across the state and specifically prohibit development within the Sydney metropolitan area and within drinking-water catchments.

Adam Guise of Lismore was out and about on the North Coast yesterday doing his bit to drum up support for the bill.

"I am encouraging people to contact key players in the NSW Parliament who can vote in fav- our of the moratorium bill," Mr Guise said.

"These are members of the Shooters and Fishers Party and also the Christian Democratic Party.

"There are also issues for the National Party who have traditionally supported farmers and the agricultural lifestyle.

"They need to cross the floor and make their voices heard in support of farming Australia and vote no to coal-seam gas."

If passed by the upper house, the bill would then be introduced into the government-controlled lower house.

"The Premier and all the local members will then be under intense pressure to show where they stand on the issue of coal- seam gas," Mr Buckingham said.



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