Liver­pool Plains wa­ter con­cern

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

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.

PHOTO: CHELSEA WY­ATT

UP­SET: Cot­ton grow­ers are frus­trated with the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion on the Shen­hua Water­mark.

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