We all know that now is the time to vote for our council representatives, but what do the candidates say about invasive gas and mining projects?
LCPA have contacted the candidates running for election in Kingston DC, City of Mount Gambier, Naracoorte Lucindale and Wattle Range and Robe Council with this letter;
We understand you will be contesting the local Council elections.
We wish to draw your attention to the unconventional gas exploration and open cut coal mining proposed for the Limestone Coast.
We are concerned ratepayers and ordinary citizens of the Limestone Coast and we are greatly concerned about the potential impact that unconventional gas, oil and coal exploration and mining has on our water and our health. SA has a “Clean and Green” image and we are greatly worried about losing this image due to this exploration and mining. We are aware that currently Victoria has a moratorium on unconventional gas exploration and mining due to concerns about its impact on water, health and communities.
We ask that you apply the “precautionary” principle if elected and ask petroleum and mining companies to prove the safety of their practices prior to exploration and production. We are asking for a 100% guarantee, that unconventional gas exploration and mining will not damage our water, air quality, soil and health.
Questions to Candidates
Do you currently have shares in petroleum resource companies who are exploring in our region i.e. Beach Energy, Ouro Preto Resources, Rawson Resources, Strike Energy and Sherlock Minerals? YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)
If elected will you declare all interests and/or shares in these companies? YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)
Will you work to support the SELGA South East Local Government Resolutions 2013?
To seek scientific information from the Federal Government’s “Independent Expert Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Mining Development” on the possible impact of tight gas and shale gas exploration and development on the vital water resources of the Limestone Coast. YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)
To call on the Federal Government to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act to include “tight gas” and “shale gas” under the definition of mining activities where water resources are deemed to be “of national environmental significance”. YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)
To ask State Government to require shale gas, tight gas and geothermal developers obtain a water allocation before extracting water from underground aquifers, to ensure consistency for all water-using industries in the region. YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)
To call for legislative change by State Government to require exclusion zones around towns, tourism regions and private dwellings for gas and geothermal developments YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)
To require landholder approval before entering land for gas or geothermal exploration and production. YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)
To establish a State and Local Government taskforce to examine all relevant research, community engagement and legislative matters relating to the impact of mining activity in the South East. YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)
To support a moratorium on unconventional gas extraction in the region until such time as independent analysis is undertaken, and the requests made to the State and Federal Governments have been addressed. moratorium on unconventional gas, oil and coal exploration and mining across South Australia until it is proven “safe” now and in the long term. YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)