Liverpool Plains water concern
COTTON growers in the Liverpool Plains have expressed frustration and dismay at the NSW Government’s announcement regarding the Shenhua Watermark exploration licence, which will make no difference to the potential significant impacts on water resources.
The NSW Minister for Resources Don Harwin announced an agreement with Shenhua that would result in just over 51% of the company’s exploration licence handed back.
Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay says the industry acknowledges the actions taken by the NSW Government to provide certainty around the protection of black soils. However, the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development (IESC) has also raised concerns, which have triggered federal conditions to protect water resources – including the requirement for a Water Management Plan. As the footprint of the mine will not change despite the NSW Government announcement, water resources will still be impacted.
UPSET: Cotton growers are frustrated with the NSW Government’s decision on the Shenhua Watermark.