Australian Greens water spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon says the Abbott government's friends in the mining industry will be celebrating today's vote in the Senate in favour of shutting down the National Water Commission.
"As a nation, we are facing major challenges to our water supplies. Mining impacted communities are especially at risk as the process uses vast amounts of water. The National Water commission provided crucial oversight of our water policies," said Senator Rhiannon.
"There is already clear evidence from the US that fracking for coal-seam gas can cause methane contamination of drinking water.
"The biggest threat, however, is the complete disregard from the federal government for the importance of this issue.
"This is an act of environmental vandalism orchestrated by the Abbott government.
"The National Water Commission is just one of the water oversight bodies that have been shut down by the state and federal Liberal parties.
"Winding up the NSW Office of Water, the Queensland Water Commission and now the National Water Commission is an orchestrated move by the state and federal Liberal parties to avoid scrutiny of how our water resources are managed and protected," said Senator Rhiannon.