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Great Artesian Basin coal-seam gas ‘risk’

Great Artesian Basin coal-seam gas ‘risk’

The Australian, 7 November 2014

It is one of the world’s largest underground water reservoirs, covering an area bigger than Iran. But a new report has found that the Great Artesian Basin’s pumping power comes from an area smaller than Tasmania. A scientific review has raised questions about the basin’s cap­acity to withstand water extraction necessary for coal-seam gas mining. [...]

The Frack Files

The Frack Files

Danny Chivers, New Internationalist magazine, December 2013

A series of articles from the New Internationalist magazine’s special fracking edition. Why are communities around the world rising up against oil and gas extraction through the controversial process of fracking? We present the essential information and key issues, sorting the myths from the reality. Click here to download the PDF document.

This is the child of an “anarchist”!

This is the child of an “anarchist”!

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Groundbreaking Report Calculates Damage Done by Fracking

Groundbreaking Report Calculates Damage Done by Fracking

Ecowatch.com, 3.10.13

As federal policy makers in the USA decide on rules for fracking on public lands, a new report calculates the toll of this dirty drilling on their environment, including 280 billion gallons of toxic wastewater generated by fracking in 2012—enough to flood all of Washington DC in a 22-foot deep toxic lagoon. Read the full [...]

Harvard fracking study rings methane alarm bells in Australia

Harvard fracking study rings methane alarm bells in Australia

Peter Hannam, SMH, 27.11.13

Australia’s coal seam gas industry has rejected a peer-reviewed report that suggests greenhouse gas emissions from drilling and fracking are 50 per cent worse than thought. Read the article here: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/harvard-fracking-study-rings-methane-alarm-bells-in-australia-20131126-2y87s.html  

Bridge Out: Bombshell Study Finds Methane Emissions From Natural Gas Production Far Higher Than EPA Estimates

Bridge Out: Bombshell Study Finds Methane Emissions From Natural Gas Production Far Higher Than EPA Estimates

Joe Romm, Think Progress, 25.11.13

A major new study blows up the whole notion of natural gas as a short-term bridge fuel to a carbon-free economy. Read the article here: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/11/25/2988801/study-methane-emissions-natural-gas-production/

Test your bores, landholders in gas fields advised

Test your bores, landholders in gas fields advised

James Nason, Beef Central (online publication), 21.06.13

A new online mapping tool which identifies the locations of existing CSG wells in Queensland has helped to highlight just how large and concentrated the industry’s footprint has become in a few short years. http://www.beefcentral.com/p/news/article/3307

Water Contamination from Fracking: Jessica Ernst Releases Groundbreaking Report

Water Contamination from Fracking: Jessica Ernst Releases Groundbreaking Report

Damien Gillis, TheCanadian.org, 20.06.13

The culmination of ten years of research, the 93-page report is sure to cause a stir with the energy sector and its critics. Groundwater contamination has been a key concern surrounding the booming fracking industry. “Jessica Ernst has made a strong case,” says Will Koop, BC Tapwater Alliance Coordinator. “Her collection provides excellent and technically [...]

Mining’s contribution / Water a priority

Mining’s contribution / Water a priority

Gloucester Advocate, Dr Richard Denniss and John Ross - 1.05.13

This is a scanned copy of two letters to the editor which were published in the Gloucester Advocate on 1st May 2013: Mining’s contribution – by Dr. Richard Denniss, Executive Director of The Australian Institute. Water a priority – by John Ross, Manager Hydrogeology AGL Upstream Gas. Click here to download a PDF of the [...]

Is the coal industry economically worthless?

Is the coal industry economically worthless?

Renew Economy (online publication), 1.5.13

A report released on April 24 by the Australian coal industry, Adding value to the Australian Economy, unsurprisingly documents only one side of the ledger. It is perhaps more surprising that this one-sided report has some academic imprimatur, when review of the international literature reveals a very different picture. The complete picture shows coal is [...]

More risks than benefits in CSG

More risks than benefits in CSG

Australian Financial Review, 4.4.13

Article by Bob Katter – What do you call an industry that doesn’t create many job opportunities, doesn’t provide significant revenue for the economy and destroys structural homeland industries through systemic and endemic collateral damage? It’s called the coal seam gas industry. http://www.afr.com/p/opinion/more_risks_than_benefits_in_csg_rzi5tx8wymhIPv95zezhPO

Energy use sucking up a precious resource

Energy use sucking up a precious resource

SMH - Paul Sheehan - 9.1.2012

“The largest single water user in the industrialised world is the energy industry. Prodigious amounts are needed to produce nearly every type of electricity and transport fuel across the energy value chain . . .
The link between energy and water is rarely discussed, yet is of huge consequence.
It is strange, strange, strange that when it comes to the most important subject on the planet, the basis of all life – water – governments, international agencies, economists, scientists and businesses have consistently underestimated the growth in global demand, and the growing stress on supply.”

Katter’s Qld leader joins CSG protest

Katter’s Qld leader joins CSG protest

Ch.Nine News - 13.1.12

Mr McLindon, a former LNP member and sitting Beaudesert MP, said he had joined the blockade because he shared the residents’ concerns about the mining practice.
“The coal seam gas threat has well and truly reached the heart of the Scenic Rim as the foreign-owned company, Arrow Energy, rolls out its exploration permits,” Mr McLindon said on Friday.

Walgett schoolteacher, Mr Robins, said the protesters wanted baseline water tests to be conducted on local aquifers before drilling was allowed to begin.
“We need to know what is in there now, because after drilling, once it’s contaminated we have to know who is responsible,” he said.

‘Corruption’ alluded to at CSG hearing

‘Corruption’ alluded to at CSG hearing

Southern Highland News - 12.12.2011

SOUTHERN Highlands representatives at the NSW Upper House Inquiry into coal seam gas (CSG) mining in Mittagong on Friday were overshadowed by a powerful statement from Rivers SOS.
Ms Graham spoke about the “white elephant” in the room being the “undue influence” that mining companies had over Australia’s political process.
She received rousing applause from the gallery.

State opposition talk tough on CSG

State opposition talk tough on CSG

The Land - 17.11.2011

“Country Labor has taken a stand and called on the O’Farrell Government to immediately suspend all Coal Seam Gas exploration licenses before irreparable damage is caused to ground water and aquifers in the Northern Rivers,” Mr Ellem said.
“We have said that until a regulatory framework is in place based on independent scientific research and conclusive evidence, we should not be allowing Coal Seam Gas mining to proceed freely.

US implicates fracking in pollution

US implicates fracking in pollution

Aust. Financial Review (AAP) - 9.12.2011

The US Environmental Protection Agency for the first time has implicated fracking – a controversial method of improving the productivity of oil and gas wells – for causing groundwater pollution.

Warning on CSG impact ‘ignored’: report

Warning on CSG impact ‘ignored’: report

The Australian - 2.12.2011

“Internal advice to the Queensland government had warned five years ago that coal-seam gas development was dictated by misplaced “technological optimism” that environmental problems could be solved, when there was no way to assess the industry’s “cumulative impact” on farming and water.”
This is just more instances of professional advice that Anna Bligh ignored. She – and Tony Burke – also ignored Dr Chloe Munro, the Commissioner of the National Water Commission, who warned them of the huge impacts to the GAB.

Resources veteran takes aim at CSG ‘cowboys’

Resources veteran takes aim at CSG ‘cowboys’

The Australian - Anthony Klan - 5.12.2011

FORMER coal-seam gas mechanical technician Roy Michie, who spent eight years working fracking wells across Australia, claims the industry is dominated by “cowboys” who are subject to substandard regulation.

Coal-seam gas boom puts pressure on governments

Coal-seam gas boom puts pressure on governments

The Australian - Editorial - 2.12.2011

Yet it is fair to say the risks here are considerable. As the committee report emphasises, we cannot afford to be reckless with the Great Artesian Basin because it is one of the nation’s most precious natural resources.

Gas projects left under a cloud

Gas projects left under a cloud

The Australian - 2.12.2011

GROWING community and political opposition to coal-seam gas production is beginning to make analysts doubt whether yet-to-be approved projects will get up.

Concern builds over chemicals left behind

Concern builds over chemicals left behind

The Australian - Anthony Klan - 2.12.2011

FOR every “fracked” coal-seam gas well, between 10,000 and 35,000 litres of chemicals are injected into the ground, with up to 40 per cent remaining there.
The CSG industry has talked down the quantity of chemicals used in the process, repeatedly stating the chemicals represent roughly 1 per cent of fracking solution.
The Senate committee into CSG, which delivered an interim report this week, has examined the bulk of chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” process. It states that because of the very large volumes of solution involved, “even 1 per cent is still a significant volume”.

CSG explorer takes blind NSW farmer to court

CSG explorer takes blind NSW farmer to court

AFR - Financial Review - 29.11.2011

A legally blind farmer trying to stop coal seam gas (CSG) exploration on his farm in the NSW Hunter has been taken to the Lands and Environment Court.

Report finds CSG water dumped in Qld river

Report finds CSG water dumped in Qld river

Australian Financial Review - 24.11.11

Queensland’s environment minister will investigate claims her department allowed coal seam gas (CSG) water to be dumped into a river in breach of national standards.
An ABC Radio investigation found treated CSG water, containing chemicals and traces of heavy metals, was dumped into the Condamine River in southeast Queensland.

The seam old story springs a leak

The seam old story springs a leak

SMH - Paddy Manning - 19.11.2011

Crucially, we have rushed to develop coal seam gas reserves as a cleaner alternative to coal, assuming it will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change. But will coal seam gas reduce emissions? By how much? We don’t actually know.

Win for gas blockade as Santos pulls back

Win for gas blockade as Santos pulls back

SMH - Ben Cubby - 15.11.2011

COAL seam gas drilling at a flashpoint site on the edge of the Liverpool Plains has been halted after the state’s biggest coal seam gas operator, Santos, backed down, ending a three-week blockade by residents.

The halt came as the O’Farrell government was forced into damage control over coal seam gas exploration after the Minister for Western NSW, Kevin Humphries, appeared to foreshadow a suspension of pilot production across the state.

Grappling with science and sceptics

Grappling with science and sceptics

SMH - Ben Cubby - 12.11.2011

Protecting the water wealth of the Great Artesian Basin is the latest challenge for the coal seam gas industry, writes Ben Cubby.
The basin has existed in its current form for millions of years, but one of the biggest tests to its existence will come in the next decade. Beneath the layers of water lie some of the world’s most extensive coal seams. Just as the sandstone aquifers contain water, so the coal seams contain methane.

CSG makes Lib ‘a radical activist’

CSG makes Lib ‘a radical activist’

The Australian - Paul Cleary - 7.11.2011

The root of the problem, he says, is that politicians pay little attention to the long-term effects of decisions, especially the impact of mining on water resources.
“One thing people must have is food and water, but we are destroying that for one-off payments from mining,” he says.
“No one has a clue of the geology of aquifers. Once fractured, there’s no possibility for them to be fixed. You can’t mine without fracturing the aquifer.”
“The single most important thing you can have is water,” Mr Ball said.

Energy analyst turns up heat on new gas projects

Energy analyst turns up heat on new gas projects

SMH - Paddy Manning - 28.10.2011

Senior energy analyst Gundi Royle has broken ranks with her colleagues, attacking industry and regulators for failing to conduct independent regional modelling of the groundwater impacts of up to $80 billion in planned coal seam gas (CSG) development.
She said that State governments were so enamoured with projected revenue “they cannot regulate efficiently. They have failed from the outset. They are trying to run behind the ambulance but they will not be able to catch it”.

No royalties for five years

No royalties for five years

The Singleton Argus - 4.11.2011

With opponents to coal seam gas fighting the industry on many fronts the news that gas producers pay nothing for five years has been met with disbelief.
Those opposed to the industry have been questioning its impact on the environment in particular ground water – but now they want to know how a multinational run industry can receive such a significant financial boost from the state government.

English tremors blamed on fracking

English tremors blamed on fracking

Sydney Morning Herald - 3.11.2011

The only company in Britain using hydraulic fracturing to release natural gas from shale rock says the controversial technique probably did trigger earth tremors in April and May. Fracturing operations were suspended on May 27 following the detection of a tremor centred just outside Blackpool.