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

This is a copy of Soil Scientist Robert Banks’ peer review of the Interim Protocol for Site Verification and Mapping of Biophysical Strategic Agricultural Lands. Robert Banks has sent this document with a letter urging the NSW government “to provide some clarity on the issues raised in the document” and “to get such complex planning […]

Coal Seam Gas Moratorium

Please sign this petition for a Moratorium on CSG mining and exploration.

Fracking hell: the untold story

An original investigative report by Earth Focus and UK’s Ecologist Film Unit looks at the risks of natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale. From toxic chemicals in drinking water to unregulated interstate dumping of potentially radioactive waste that experts fear can contaminate water supplies in major population centers including New York City, are the health consequences worth the economic gains?

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

Exposure to severe air pollution produces neuroinflammation and structural brain alterations in children.

How the EPA linked “fracking” to contaminated well water

Rigorous studies on fracking have been sparse, and the impassioned debate has raged on. A new investigation by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at a site in Wyoming is one of the first to look thoroughly at the potential link between fracking operations and groundwater contamination. The agency’s report was released yesterday—and it provides a clear link between fracking and water supply problems.
“Given the results of this work, as well as the significant questions that remained, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry recommended that the affected residents “use alternate or treated water supplies… as their source of drinking water.” The agency also recommended that they install vents on their wells and ventilate bathrooms while showering to prevent any possibility of explosive hazards caused by accumulating methane.”

Who regulates the regulators?

Dr Gavin Mudd, an environmental engineer at Monash University, digs into the trend towards regulatory capture, a phenomenon that allows de facto self regulation for many companies such as miners. Regulatory capture occurs when the regulators lose their independence and their scientific objectivities when regulating a particular industry as a result of moving too close to the industries.

NSW: Fossil or balanced future?

There’s a new mining boom in New South Wales and a new state government too. So what now for coal mining and coal seam gas extraction, the environment and agricultural lands around Sydney,
the Hunter Valley, the Illawarra and beyond?

The Coming Famine – Prof. Julian Cribb

The Coming Famine – Constraints to global food production in an overpopulated, affluent and resource-scarce world. Worldwide, groundwater is running out at an alarming rate, especially in regions using it to grow food.

The Great Artesian Basin: more than the eye can sea

Hydrogeologist, John Polglase, digs into the many layers of the Great Artesian Basin, and gives a fascinating insight into how the GAB is formed.

110922 Question Without Notice Coal Seam Gas

Queensland Senator Larissa Waters asks important questions in parliament, that need some urgent answers. Senator Waters says there are massive concerns raised (and also within government departments) about what the CSG industry will do to our groundwater.