Nationals’ policy on CSG is clear: Hartsuyker
THOSE concerned about the effects Coal Seam Gas could have on the local environment now have some certainty about the Federal opposition's policy on the industry.
Luke Hartsuyker had Lock The Gate protestors outside his Coffs Harbour office last week delivering their anti-CSG message but the Cowper MP said the National Party's policy on CSG is there for all to see.
"The Nationals have a very clear position at a federal level on Coal Seam Gas and that is that there should be no Coal Seam Gas in areas of prime agricultural land, there should be no Coal Seam Gas extraction where it would interfere with aquifers and no gas extraction in close proximity to residential areas," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"And where there is a Coal Seam Gas extraction taking place, the landowner should get fair compensation for the resource that is taken from his land."
As a local resident who enjoys the beauty of the region, Mr Hartsuyker understands the stance of the Lock The Gate group and other like minded constituents.
"I think it's important that we adopt a balanced view and I can certainly understand community concern because we live on the North Coast because we love the beautiful environment that is there and we'd all want to preserve that," he said.
A recent study by Southern Cross University discovered high levels of the cancer causing chemical radon coming from the ground in the gas fields at Darling Downs.
Mr Hartsuyker said the Nationals' policy ensures protection for Cowper residents.
"I'll be adhering to the position that we've put that projects shouldn't go ahead unless there is adequate environmental safeguards," he said.