An almighty clash of values above and below ground

The Australian - 15.8.2011

THIS time it’s different. Miners have clashed with farmers and locals over the years, but never like this.
The battle between coal-seam gas and coal versus the rest has grabbed the national headlines and now even drawn Tony Abbott into the mess.
But this issue of CSG and coalmining has brought a new dimension. CSG involves many wells and hydraulic fracturing, which means pumping huge volumes of a water-chemical-sand mix into the seams to release the gas. The coalmining involves ripping up good farmland for a vast open pit scar on the landscape.
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