About 100 residents including many from Blacktown and Parramatta were involved in a noisy anti-coal seam gas mining protest at a national gas conference in Sydney last week.
They are members of 10 anti-CSG community groups who assembled in front of Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay where the East Coast Gas Conference was held.
NSW and Queensland Energy and Resources Ministers, Chris Hartcher and Mark McArdle, who were listed as speakers did not attend.
They were replaced by Andrew Lewis, executive director, Energy, NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure Services, and Alan Millis, acting director-general, Energy, Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply.
Blacktown’s Melinda Wilson of CSG Free Western Sydney said it was not acceptable for gas companies to mine across precious water resources, food-producing areas and communities.
‘‘It is not acceptable for our water to be contaminated by a cocktail of mining chemicals for monetary gain while ignoring the science and the impacts,’’ she said.
“Our nation, built on the ‘she’ll be right, mate’ mentality, needs to wake up and see what is happening to our country.
‘‘We can’t let everything that makes Australia special to be lost in the destructive practice of fracking and coal seam gas mining.
“If we don’t stop the madness of fracking and coal seam gas mining, our clean uncontaminated water supply will be just a story our children tell their grandchildren about.’’
A spokesman said the conference, ‘‘Identifying the Impacts of LNG on Domestic Gas Supply’’ was about understanding the implications of US shale decisions and wider economic pressures on the gas industry.
Minister Chris Hartcher recently called for a co-ordinated effort by NSW and federal governments to streamline planning and environmental approval processes.
At the conference, the federal industry minister Ian Macfarlane likened critics of mines in the Hunter and other coalmining regions to people who move near airports ‘‘then start complaining about aircraft noise’’.
He pledged federal support for the sector in NSW that he described as beleaguered in the wake of federal Labor’s carbon and mining taxes, job losses, and ‘‘increasing campaigns being run against the resources industry’’.