Great Artesian Basin coal-seam gas ‘risk’

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

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.

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Groundbreaking Report Calculates Damage Done by Fracking

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

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:  

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

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:

Test your bores, landholders in gas fields advised

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.

Water Contamination from Fracking: Jessica Ernst Releases Groundbreaking Report

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

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?

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 […]