The NSW Greens are calling on Energy and Resources Minister Chris Hartcher to resign, following his treatment of Fullerton Cove residents protesting coal seam gas drilling in the area.

The Minister is believed to be fighting the community on behalf of the gas companies, as C.S.G drill rigs are escorted into farms and forests.

It comes as the State’s Riot Squad is called into the area, to break
blockades and arrest residents against drilling through wetlands and
aquifers to Newcastle and Port Stephens.

Greens Mining Spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham says Chris Hartcher’s failure to request a comprehensive assessment, means he should be dumped from the Energy and Resources portfolio.