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Greens Senator Rhiannon in Gloucester, backs opposition to AGL frack plan

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Lee Rhiannon 12 Sep 2014

Greens Senator and water spokesperson Lee Rhiannon will be in Gloucester today to support community protests over AGL's plan to frack for coal seam gas in the region.

"This is a high risk project which should never have been approved," said Senator Rhiannon.

"AGL is putting the communities' health and water at risk all for the sake of increasing exports. This is not a fair deal, especially for the people who have to live next to the wells.

"I am in Gloucester to listen to the community and hear their concerns about the project. It is a shame that NSW government representatives are not working with the community to represent their concerns.

"That AGL's own hyrdoecologist has identified this project as high risk should be ringing alarm bells in the NSW government.

"With fracking to occur as close as 300 metres to homes, it is little wonder that the people of Gloucester are worried.

"Gloucester is a beautiful area, which thrives on agriculture and tourism. The creep of gas and mining through the region threatens the lifeblood of the community.

‘The risks of fracking are well known in the US, where water supplies have been severely impacted by the process.

"In a drought prone country like Australia, it is unacceptable that we have not taken a more cautious approach.

"The Greens stand with communities across the nation who are desperately trying to resist the imposition of mining.

"The state government needs to listen to the people who voted for them, not the corporations who hand them money," said Senator Rhiannon.


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