Flannery denies backing CSG

26 Oct, 2011 05:34 AM
Tim Flannery.
Tim Flannery.

MEDIA reports suggesting the chief of Australia's Climate Commission, Tim Flannery, is a "backer" of the coal seam gas industry have been denied.

Yesterday The Australian reported that Mr Flannery, speaking at the NSW Minerals Council's conference in Wollongong, had supported the coal-seam gas industry.

But the high-profile environmentalist, who was one of the key players in the creation of the Federal Government's carbon price policy, has slammed the report as "wrong".

"The Australian (25 October) portrayed me as a 'backer' of the coal seam gas industry," he said in a statement.

"This is not only wrong, but a serious misrepresentation of my speech to the NSW Minerals Council from which the headline was drawn.

"What I in fact said at the the meeting of environmental workers in the minerals industry is that serious conflicts exist between the coal seam gas industry and landowners, and that the industry faces enormous challenges as a result."

Mr Flannery told the conference he had seen the passion of landholders against the coal seam gas industry on a recent trip through the eastern States.

"I went around talking to farmers who told me tales of woe about coal-seam methane companies whose representatives were leaving gates open on their properties, leaving trenches open, knocking down fences and basically making it impossible for them to run their businesses," he said.

"They saw the whole industry tarred, and I think that is a dangerous and damaging thing."

Earlier in the conference, NSW Minerals Council chief executive, Nikki Williams, said the mining sector was unfairly treated by the mainstream media.

"We're the darlings of the business pages, yet we're painted as demons in the early general news.

"We help Treasurers keep budgets healthy and give Australia the strength to stave off the threat of recession, yet our industry is a lightning rod for the most adversarial of political debates.

"We're in the midst of one of the longest and strongest mining booms in our nation's history.

"Yet we face multiple policy, regulatory and legislative challenges that might collectively render our sector a less attractive destination for international investment than countries such as Indonesia, Colombia or even Mongolia."

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26/10/2011 6:24:25 AM

Resources Industries & Govt frequently refer to so-called "stringent environmental regulations" for projects East End Mine Action Group's evidence is that Govt & Company reached a covert "minimum compliance strategy" for the East End mine that has no sunset clause, with the mine exempt from environmental regulations via shonky science for a 1996 Impact Assessment Study that permitted NO public objections Wording of "make good" conditions for water supplies is inadequate, with no enforced time-frames - permitting defer and delay tactics. Stop the spin & fix the inequities!
Bill Pounder
26/10/2011 7:54:15 AM

And the meaning of this is? Must depend upon the audience. "Clearly, mining and what it produces is utterly necessary for our modern life; somehow we have to deal with that ambivalence and the deep social divisions it sometimes brings."
26/10/2011 8:03:59 AM

Unfortunately for you Nikki , it is not all about money and budgets to many Australians!
26/10/2011 10:06:13 AM

Dr Nikki I am sure that the excemptions from Environmental laws, the powers to enter private land to drill then also to force people of thier land as well as the ability to swallow up vaste areas or irrigation farm land to steal the water for mining as well as mine so close to rural towns as to force them to become ghost towns along with the continued pollution of the water ways used as discharge drains for mine water along with dust, traffic and the permanent destruction of the landscape more than make up for a few media articles starting to tell of the down sides to mining. get used to it!
27/10/2011 9:08:14 AM

If Nikki Williams is NOT happy with the actions of farmers who own the land which they want to destroy, then she should go to Mongolia and take Anna Bligh and her ALP stooges with her - goodbye!
Reap What You Sow
27/10/2011 11:30:59 AM

Think about it, people. Would a 'greenie', an environmentalist and a leader in the field of climate change advocacy, be in favour of CSG? Nikki, you should be ashamed of yourself.


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