Thousands protest CSG in Sydney

THOUSANDS of protestors voiced their defiance to the coal seam gas movement over the weekend at various rallies around NSW.

In Sydney, about 1000 people gathered in Sydney's inner-west and formed a massive human sign spelling out stop the CSG.

Further north in Murwillumbah, 1000 people marched through the CBD sporting yellow clothing and signs.

Lock the Gate convenor Drew Hutton told the Murwillumbah crowd coal seam gas was not an environmental improvement from burning coal.

"Don't fall for the government line that CSG is a transitional fuel on the road to renewable," he said.

"They have no plan for that."

The rallies are part of a national week of action against CSG, organised by the Lock the Gate Alliance.

The state-wide action follows the NSW Resources Minister Chris Hartcher's decision to renew 22 coal seam gas exploration licences in the state.

Mr Hutton has said one licence was awarded to Apex Energy in the Sydney drinking water catchment.

Mr Hartcher told an Australian Petroleum and Exploration Association conference recently the CSG industry needed to get out and sell their message and accused the green movement of hijacking the debate.

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