Great Artesian Basin Protection Group

The Great Artesian Basin (GAB) provides the only reliable source of fresh water throughout much of inland Australia, underlying 22% of the continent. It is the largest and deepest artesian basin in the world – and in the world’s driest inhabited continent.

For over a century the GAB has supplied vital water for communities, stock and industry. In that time we have extracted over 100 times the volume of Sydney Harbour – and over 90% of that was wasted. Through flawed government policy, landholders squandered this finite water, as they were told it would be recharged from rainwater, which scientists now know will take millions of years.

The GAB is being destroyed by two things. Firstly, by the incredible wastage from the thousands of uncapped bores; but principally by the enormous water usage by the mining and coal seam gas industries, which are depleting and polluting the stressed GAB even further.

The GABPG is determined to save this priceless and finite resource for future generations of Australians, before it is too late. This could be achieved by increasing govt. assistance for capping bores, and by placing a moratorium on the CSG industry until it can be proven it will not destroy the GAB.

Please show your support by joining the GABPG – and please leave your comments on Your Say.

In the Media

Great Artesian Basin coal-seam gas ‘risk’

The Australian, 7 November 2014

The Frack Files

Danny Chivers, New Internationalist magazine, December 2013

Groundbreaking Report Calculates Damage Done by Fracking, 3.10.13

Harvard fracking study rings methane alarm bells in Australia

Peter Hannam, SMH, 27.11.13

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

Joe Romm, Think Progress, 25.11.13

Crude Solution

60 Minutes, Channel Nine, 15.08.13

Alan Jones interviews Dr Richard Denniss

Alan Jones Breakfast Show, 2GB, 5.7.13

Alan Jones interviews Barry O’Farrell

The Alan Jones Breakfast Show, 2GB, 20.06.13

Alan Jones and guests discuss CSG and Offshore Petroleum Act

The Alan Jones Breakfast Show, 2GB, 19.06.13

Alan Jones interviews Tom Marland (Qld lawyer)

The Alan Jones Breakfast Show, 2GB Radio, 19.06.13

Cotton growers voice concerns over CSG

ABC TV, 7.30 New South Wales, 21.06.13

Test your bores, landholders in gas fields advised

James Nason, Beef Central (online publication), 21.06.13

Water Contamination from Fracking: Jessica Ernst Releases Groundbreaking Report

Damien Gillis,, 20.06.13

Well of Truth

GetUp and Aquarius Productions - filmmaker Richard Todd

Mining’s contribution / Water a priority

Gloucester Advocate, Dr Richard Denniss and John Ross - 1.05.13

Is the coal industry economically worthless?

Renew Economy (online publication), 1.5.13

More risks than benefits in CSG

Australian Financial Review, 4.4.13

Risky Business

Aljazeera TV 11.1.13

Meet the Frackers

ABC TV, Foreign Correspondent, 28.2.12

LNP elder calls for investigation of CSG whistleblower claims

ABC National Radio, AM Program with Tony Eastley, 2.4.13

Alan Jones discussing “Gas Leak!”

2GB Radio, 2.4.13

Four Corners – “Gas Leak!”

ABC TV, Four Corners, 1.4.13

Gas Drillers bring in the Heavy Hitters

New Matilda - 6.2.2012 - Calliste Weitenberg.

Energy use sucking up a precious resource

SMH - Paul Sheehan - 9.1.2012

The Coal Seam Gas Rush

ABC News Online - 13.1.2012

CSG company failed to report saline spill

ABC TV - 7pm News - 13.1.2012

Katter’s Qld leader joins CSG protest

Ch.Nine News - 13.1.12

‘Fountains’ of methane 1,000m across erupt from Arctic ice

Daily Mail (U.K.) Online - 13.12.2011

Media Release from Lock the Gate Walgett

Media Release - Lock the Gate Walgett

‘Corruption’ alluded to at CSG hearing

Southern Highland News - 12.12.2011

Doco reveals farmers’ coal fight

ABC TV NEWS - 17.11.2011

State opposition talk tough on CSG

The Land - 17.11.2011

US implicates fracking in pollution

Aust. Financial Review (AAP) - 9.12.2011

Warning on CSG impact ‘ignored’: report

The Australian - 2.12.2011

Resources veteran takes aim at CSG ‘cowboys’

The Australian - Anthony Klan - 5.12.2011

Coal-seam gas boom puts pressure on governments

The Australian - Editorial - 2.12.2011

Gas projects left under a cloud

The Australian - 2.12.2011

Concern builds over chemicals left behind

The Australian - Anthony Klan - 2.12.2011

Serious errors made in CSG: Heffernan

ABC TV - Lateline Business - 30.11.2011

CSG explorer takes blind NSW farmer to court

AFR - Financial Review - 29.11.2011

Government shuts down parliament to avoid Coal Seam Gas Moratorium Bill Vote

Media Release - Jeremy Buckingham (Greens) - 28.11.2011

Dirty Money – Matthew Benns

ABC Brisbane - Evenings with Steve Austin - 24.11.2011

Bill calls for moratorium on CSG mining in NSW

Alan Jones - 2GB radio - 24.11.2011

Report finds CSG water dumped in Qld river

Australian Financial Review - 24.11.11

The seam old story springs a leak

SMH - Paddy Manning - 19.11.2011

Quest for coal

Today Tonight - Channel 7 news

Win for gas blockade as Santos pulls back

SMH - Ben Cubby - 15.11.2011

Underground “Fossil Water” Running Out

National Geographic News - 6.5.10

Alan Jones speaks to Senator Bill Heffernan about coal seam gas mining

Radio 2GB - Alan Jones - 11.11.2011

Grappling with science and sceptics

SMH - Ben Cubby - 12.11.2011

Test Drilling For Gas Worries Mid West Residents

ABC TV - 7.30 W.A. - 12.11.2011

CSG makes Lib ‘a radical activist’

The Australian - Paul Cleary - 7.11.2011

Great Barrier Grief

ABC TV - Four Corners - 7.11.2011

Alan Jones speaks to Gundi Royle about coal seam gas.

Radio 2GB - Alan Jones - 4.11.2011

Energy analyst turns up heat on new gas projects

SMH - Paddy Manning - 28.10.2011

Landowners undermined by companies

ABC TV - 7.30 NSW - 4.11.2011

No royalties for five years

The Singleton Argus - 4.11.2011

English tremors blamed on fracking

Sydney Morning Herald - 3.11.2011

Chris Hartcher on mining on farm land

Alan Jones - 2GB radio

Thousands rally against CSG mining

ABC radio Sydney - 16.10.2011

Keep the gas in the bag

SMH - editorial - 14.10.2011

Land users shout loud against ‘legalised theft’ by miners

SMH - 13.10.2011

Alan Jones steps on the gas at Gunnedah forum

Northern Daily Leader - 13.10.2011

Benefits of switch to CSG may not be all they seem

SMH - Paddy Manning - 8.10.2011

Australia is selling off its inheritance, says James Dines

Herald Sun - 30.9.2011

Protecting our farmland

Alan Jones, on radio 2GB - 5.10.2011

Coal approval at what price?

Newcastle Herald - 7.10.2011

Coal seam gas will be ‘essential’ for NSW

SMH - Ben Cubby - 6.10.2011

CSG can’t possibly win farmers’ hearts and minds

North Queensland Register - 29.9.2011

Count on resource boom, but not all its benefits

The Australian - 28.9.2011

Gas Inquiry Hears Widespread Concern

New Matilda - 26.9.2011

Is coal-seam gas worth the risk?

The Australian - 24.9.2011

Mining on farm land

Alan Jones - 2GB radio - 23.9.2011

Coal Seam Gas traumatising farmers

ABC Country Hour - 22.9.2011

Coal seam gas sucks up water

Newcastle Herald - 22.9.11

Talk of no toxicity case

Daily Telegraph - Tracy Spicer - 20.9.11

Oil, gas licences ignite demands for overhaul

SMH - 19.9.2011

Coal seam gas mining story on 7 News

2GB radio - Alan Jones

Coal seam gas under renewed pressure

Lateline - ABC TV - 29.8.2011

Carcinogens found in CSG project

SMH - 28.8.2011

Coal seam gas moratorium support

Prime 7 TV News - 26.8.11

Palmer blasts ‘poisonous’ coal seam gas industry

ABC News - 28.8.2011

Protesters gatecrash mining conference

ABC TV NEWS - 18.8.2011

Put brakes on CSG, Windsor urges - 17.8.2011

Heffernan calls for no-go farmland zones

The Land (and AFR) - 16.8.2011

Alan Jones comments on protecting our land

Alan Jones on 2BG radio - 15.8.2011

Debate rages over coal seam gas plans

ABC radio - AM - 2.8.2011

Landholders unite against coal seam gas companies

Financial Review

The cold hard fracks

Sydney Morning Herald - Olivia Newton-John - 31.7.2011

CSG mining causes cancer, experts warn

SMH - 18.7.2011 - Petrina Berry

Rural inhabitants up in arms over wanton destruction

The Australian - Heather Brown - 16.7.2011

Fresh food for rural discontent

The Australian - Graham Lloyd, Enviroment Editor - 9.7.2011

Era of the ‘blackboot’ brigade

The Sunday Courier Mail - Daryl Passmore - 6.3.2011

The impact of coal mining in Queensland

Alan Jones, 2GB radio - 16.6.2011

Fertile plains under frack attack

Sydney Morning Herald - Leonie Lamont - 18.6.2011

Group plans to fight mining exploration

ABC TV news - Saturday, June 11, 2011

Greens and farmers fight mining land grab

The Australian - Heather Brown - 28.5.2011

Gates shut in the gas lands

The Australian - 28.5.2011 - Graham Lloyd (Environment Editor)

EPA investigates coal seam gas leak in Sydney

ABC TV news - 27.5.2011

Fracking’s toxic recipe

Business Spectator - Barry Estabrook, 20.5.2011

Australia’s agriculture under threat from mining

Radio 2GB - Alan Jones, 20.4.2011

Coal seam gas: a sleight of hand?

Dr Shearman - ABC - The Drum, Opinion

Mine Threat to Artesian Basin

The Australian - Asa Wahlquist

Coal seam groundwater concerns

ABC Environment 22.03.2011

Get this right or we all lose

Queensland Country Life - 10.03.2011 - Letter from Anne Bridle

Gas seam mining

ABC radio - Mornings, with Angela Owen 10.03.2011

Four Corners – The Gas Rush

ABC TV - 'Four Corners' - 21.2.2011 Reporter - Matthew Carney

Coal seam gas report points to chemicals ban

SMH - Business Day - Alexandra Smith - 3.2.2011

Not enough known on CSG: experts

Queensland Country Life - 8.1.2011 (Bronwyn Farr)

Media release from Drew Hutton

Flood waters creating massive pollution from mine sites across Queensland

Fracking for coal gas is a health hazard

Doctors for the Environment Australia - 2.12.2010 article by David Shearman

Federal cave-in on gas restrictions

Courier Mail - 3.12.2010

Peak body warning on CSG

Sydney Morning Herald - 3.12.2010

Will the boom in gas drilling, ruin the country’s water?

CSG plans approved despite red flag

Queensland Country Life, 23.11.2010

Land use fury takes another steep turn

Queensland Country Life - 18.11.2010

Concerns over Queensland’s coal seam gas project

Cathy Van Extel, ABC Radio National, 4th November 2010

Methane danger in CSG, scientist says

Brisbane Times, 10.08.2010

Downs farmers challenge CSG water claims

Queensland Country Life

60 Minutes – “Undermined”

Ch. 9 - 14/5/2010

The greatest environmental threat?

ABC interview re coal seam gas - on 19/4/2010

Xenophon concerned about Artesian Basin

Timothy McDonald, ABC World Today, 21/09/09

Farmers in N.W fire up as Feds give nod to artesian sales

Lucy Knight, The Land, 26/06/2009

Alarm over auction of artesian basin water

Marian Wilkinson, Environmental Editor, SMH July 4, 2009

Research & Papers

Great Artesian Basin report

SoilFutures Consulting, March 2015

Credit Suisse Equity Research – Santos Report

Credit Suisse Securities Research and Analytics, 11 March 2014

List of fracking bans worldwide

Updated December 2013

Symptomatology of a gas field

Geralyn McCarron, April 2013

Is fracking good for your health?

Jeremy Moss, Alicia Coram & Grant Blashki; November 2013

CSG and Your Health: Understand the Risks, Protect Your Family

Dr Wayne Somerville, 2013

Cooking up a price rise

Matt Grudnoff, The Australia Institute, 5.7.13

Higher levels of stray gases found in water wells near shale gas sites

Various authors, Duke University, 24.6.13

Pouring more fuel on the fire

Matt Grudnoff, The Australia Institute, June 2013

Information to stop gas-fired power

Dr Gideon Polya, 19.06.13

Peer Review of Interim Protocol for Site Verification and Mapping of BSAL

Robert Banks, SoilFutures Consulting - 1.05.13

Coal Seam Gas Moratorium

Published by Mike Mizzi on 27.1.2012

Fracking hell: the untold story

Earth Focus & UK's Ecologist Film Unit

Exposure to severe urban air pollution influences cognitive outcomes, brain volume and systemic inflammation in clinically healthy children

US National Library of Medicine (PubMed) National Institute of Health

How the EPA linked “fracking” to contaminated well water

ARS Technica - 9.12.2011

Who regulates the regulators?

A Question of Balance - CRN (Community Radio Network)

NSW: Fossil or balanced future?

Total Environment Centre - October 2011

The Coming Famine – Prof. Julian Cribb

Julian Cribb & Associates Discussion Paper

The Great Artesian Basin: more than the eye can sea

A Question of Balance: CRN (Community Radio Network)

110922 Question Without Notice Coal Seam Gas

Senator Larissa Waters in parliament, questions re coal seam gas

The mining and burning of coal: effects on health and the environment

The Medical Journal of Australia - paper by Dr's Castleden, Shearman, Crisp and Finch

Senator Bill Heffernan and NICNAS at CSG Senate Inquiry

Coal Seam Gas Senate Inquiry - 10.9.2011

Senate Inquiry Hansard NSW Bureaucrats

Federal Senate Hearing - 3 key NSW govt. bureaucrats - 9.9.2011

Submission to parliamentary inquiry

Submission to Parliamentary inquiry into coal seam gas

Assessment of impacts of CSG operations

Professor Chris Moran, Dr Sue Vink - University of Queensland

Documents: Natural Gas’s Toxic Waste

Articles on Gas' Toxic Waste

Groundwater Impacts of Coal Seam Gas Development

Mr. Mal Helmuth - Executive Director LNG Projects - with Sue Vink, Nadja Kunz, Damian Barrett, Chris Moran

Submission into impact of mining coal seam gas

Doctors for the Environment Australia Inc. Dr. David Shearman, Hon Secretary

Groundwater connections between the Walloon Coal Measures and the Alluvium of the Condamine River

John R Hillier - consulting hydrogeologist

Preliminary Assessment of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Robert W. Howarth, David R. Atkinson, Professor of Ecology & Environmental Biology, Cornell University

Methane contamination of drinking water

Osborna, Vengoshb, Warnerb, and Jackson - Center on Global Change, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708

Violence behind mining boom revealed

Queensland University of Technology - Professor K. Carrington. 6.12.2010

UNSW Connected Waters

The University of New South Wales 'Connected Waters' web site

E.I.S. for coal seam gas in Surat Basin

Golder Associates - June 2009

We support the following organisations:

Northern Rivers Guardians
Maules Creek Community Council (MCCC)
Mid Western Community Action Network (MWCAN)
Lock the Gate Alliance
Western Downs Alliance
Bylong Valley Protection Alliance
Caroona Coal Action Group
Basin Sustainability Alliance
Rivers SOS
Fair Water Use
Save Our Recharge Environment
Gasfield Free Byron Shire

Four Corners – Gas Rush

Courtesty: ABC TV 2011

US doco sparks gas debate

If the Cap Fits

Courtesty: ABC TV 2009

"In order to protect the environment, the precautionary approach shall be widely applied by States according to their capabilities. Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation".

From the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development a key international agreement currently in force to which Australia is a party.