Is This A Glimpse Of Future Shale Gas Mining Controversy In Australia?

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Australia Beware!

Is this what the future of shale gas mining has in store?

 

I find the two articles below from The Guardian UK to be somewhat alarming!

The recent introduction of the

Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014 (Qld)

has seen

  • a restriction placed on who can legally oppose mining sites.
  • a decrease in some exclusion areas around mining sites.

I wrote about this the other day.  This Mining Bill Protects Who Exactly?

On 9 September 2014, the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014 (Qld) (MERCP Act) was passed by the Queensland Parliament. This is the first piece of legislation introduced as part of the Queensland Government’s “Modernising Queensland’s Resources Act Program” (MQRA Program).

This Bill implements the first stage of the MQRA Program by creating a Common Provisions Act into which, harmonised legislation from the Mineral Resources Act 1989, Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004, Petroleum Act 1923, Geothermal Energy Act 2010 and the Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2009 will be progressively transferred.

UK Mining - Preese Hall Farm, Lancashire
A test drilling site for shale gas at Preese Hall Farm near Blackpool, Lancashire. Photograph: Alamy

UK to allow fracking companies to use ‘any substance’ under homes.

Proposed amendment in infrastructure bill would make mockery of world class shale gas regulation claims, campaigners say.

—The Guardian, Tuesday 14 October 2014
Read Full Article Here.

Fracking trespass law changes move forward despite huge public opposition.

– The Guardian,

Ministers reject 40,000 objections to allow fracking below homes without owners’ permission.

Read Full Article Here.
Cameron visits shale drilling plant
Prime minister David Cameron during a guided tour of the IGas shale drilling plant near Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/PA

 

 Don’t think for even as second that what goes on in other countries does not apply here.

IT DOES!

 More so NOW than ever before.

Heard of the TPP?

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being negotiated and agreed to right now.  Go look at what the critics have to say about the little that is known about this agreement.

Yes.  This is a secret agreement.  An agreement that will allow International Corporations the right to sue any country who’s laws interfere with their profit.  It is already happening.

Big Tobacco’s Lawsuits Of Mass Destruction from The Global Mail, points out that the purpose of bringing these cases is to drain government resources, and delay things as much as possible. With this process they hope to discourage other countries from adopting similar measures.

If big tobacco companies can do this, imagine how much of the public purse will go into defending environmental laws any country tries to enforce.

Time to wake up Australia.  The writing is on the wall.

Come along on Tuesday Evening, 28th October, to the South Brisbane Sailing Club and join other concerned citizens to debate the Peoples Common Rights and Provisions Bill 2014. 

Peoples Common Rights and Provisions Bill 2014. 

 This Bill is for you.    To protect your rights.

  1. Your right to say “No”
  2. Your right to have good health, a livelihood and the quiet enjoyment of your home.
  3. Your right to our common heritage – the land, water and clean air.
  4. Your right to object and to have your objection heard.
  5. Your right to clean politics.
  6. Your right to be represented in Parliament.

 

 Support the Bill

 

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