22 August 2011
The Greens mining spokesperson, Jeremy Buckingham MLC, has backed courageous coal seam gas activist, Warrick Jordan, who faces Narrabri Court tomorrow on five charges, after scaling a coal seam gas drill rig in the Pilliga State Forest and displaying a banner on 5 July.
“Warrick Jordan’s concerns about coal seam gas are shared by a large section of the community,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“Warrick was defending farmers, our food security and our precious water resources from a gas industry that has raced ahead of regulation and has not been proven safe.
“Eastern Star Gas’ plans to drill 550 gas wells in the Pilliga State Forest would be the largest ever approved in NSW and represents a foot in the door for coal seam gas, which does not have a social licence yet.
“The five charges seem over-the-top for what was clearly a peaceful political protest.
“It is important that the law is not used by authorities and large corporations to stifle public dissent over this controversial new industry.”
Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916