CSG restrictions will not protect the Tweed
NSW Government moves to restrict coal seam gas operations have been criticised by anti CSG activists in the Tweed Shire.
Lock the Gate - Tweed's Michael McNamara claims the restrictions do not protect many areas in the shire.
"While we support new restrictions imposed on the industry, our productive agricultural lands are still under threat," he said.
"Our environmentally sensitive areas are still at risk to the threat of CSG operations."
"Our local villages are still very much under threat.
"These restrictions only apply in heavily urbanised areas and do nothing to address the very real threats to water quality and water supply from this dirty industry.
"They are so vague and undefined that they give no confidence to local communities like Tyalgum, Crystal Creek, Chillingham or Stokers Siding.
"These communities have spoken strongly against CSG operations in their area"
The new restrictions would prohibit drilling in Banora Point and Tweed Heads South, according to Mr McNamara.
"But they will not protect the water supply to those areas," he said.
"Dart Energy, the new owner of the exploration licence covering most of the south-west of the shire (PEL445) still has the capacity, under current approvals, to drill in the catchment of Clarrie Hall Dam, the main water supply for the Tweed."