The Great Blue Mountains area is a designated World Heritage area of global significance for biodiversity conservation. The area is also a vital part of the water catchment for our river systems, and for Sydney's water supply.
Coal Seam Gas exploration risks contamination of the water supply, plus devastating consequences for wildlife and ecosystems. It is against international best practice guidelines to mine within, or adjacent to, a World Heritage area, as supported by the IUCN and the International Council on Mining and Metals.
We call for both the NSW State Parliament and AGL to immediately remove all lands within the Greater Blue Mountains area, including the Blue Mountains City Council area, from AGL's Petroleum Exploration Licence (PEL2) and for the Blue Mountains to be protected as a CSG and mining free area.