NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has pledged that any petition with over 10,000 signatures would be debated in the NSW Parliament. More than 15,000 people across NSW have signed a petition against coal seam gas mining & the numbers are rising. The petition calls for an immediate moratorium on all coal seam gas projects, a Royal Commission into the full impacts of coal seam gas mining & an immediate ban on fracking.
Lock the Gate Alliance, Stop Coal Seam Gas Sydney & other groups in NSW have organized a rally to present this petition directly to Premier O’Farrell.
- MEET: Hyde Park North fountain near Elizabeth & Macquarie Streets next to St James Station.
- DATE: Tuesday 22nd November 2011
- TIME: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
There will be speakers at Hyde Park & then a short march to State Parliament in Macquarie Street where the petition will be handed to Premier O’Farrell.
There is an excellent article in today’s Sydney Morning Herald about protecting Australia’s water wealth of the Great Artesian Basin. Public skepticism & opposition to coal seam gas mining is so significant that the mining companies know they have to seek ways to address this issue. http://www.smh.com.au/environment/water-issues/grappling-with-science-and-sceptics-20111111-1nbsg.html