Two Blacktown groups will protest against coal seam gas mining at the two-day interstate Gas Conference in Sydney from October 22.
They will join about 10 other groups including ParraCAN, Parramatta Greens; The Wilderness Society and Stop CSG Blue Mountains.
Blacktown spokeswoman Melinda Wilson will lead the groups CSG Free Western Sydney and No CSG Blacktown.
Ms Wilson called on concerned residents to join them in front of Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel, Circular Quay from 11am to 2.30pm.
NSW and Queensland Energy and Resources Ministers Chris Hartcher and Mark McArdle will attend the conference when government and industry representatives discuss ways for agriculture and coal seam gas to co-exist.
The Sydney Catchment Authority says the city’s drinking water catchments, spanning 16,000 square kilometres, should be exempt from the changes proposed by the government.
Ms Wilson told the Sun the conference delegates would be outlining the progress in NSW towards coal seam gas mining licensing and regulation.
‘‘This is our chance to make it clear that no regulation can protect us from the dangers coal seam gas present to our water, air and soil.’’
Last week activists, including those from Blacktown, stormed AGL’s head office in North Sydney to protest against the company being given the green light to use hydraulic fracturing in the Gloucester Valley on the Waukivory coal seam gas project.
AGL group general manager Mike Moraza said this pilot project was an important part of the exploration phase of the Gloucester Gas Project to improve gas reserves for NSW.
“With NSW requiring more supplies of gas from 2016, this project is important because it supports our efforts in unlocking a significant volume of gas in the Gloucester region to meet the needs of families, communities and businesses,” he said.
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