3000 make human sign to say: 'Protect H20, Stop CSG!'

October 21, 2012
3000 people gathered at Bulli Showgrounds to spell out their opposition to coal seam gas mining.

Stop CSG Illawarra released the statement below on October 21.

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Just over 3000 people rallied in the Illawarra on October 21 to spell out: "Protect H20, Stop CSG!". Following a slew of broken promises by the state government last month, and a failure to rule out CSG development in drinking water catchments, people across the Illawarra came out in force once again.

Stop CSG Illawarra spokesperson Jess Moore said: "It's astonishing that the community is having to fight the state government to protect our water supply.

"O'Farrell promised to ban exploration and mining in the drinking water catchment. This was - quite clearly - a lie.

"No part of NSW – not the land where food is grown, not our water catchments – has been ruled out to CSG development.

"But this community is ensuring our land and water is protected. We've won a freeze on the local project and had an application withdrawn due to the level of opposition here. It's past time we saw this reflected in policy."

Spokesperson Steve Whistler added: "Today the Illawarra took a stand. We want to see a science-first approach to CSG that puts facts before development, and a ban on CSG in the drinking water catchment. Water is more important than gas."

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