GAB chair rejects CSG moratorium call

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GAB chair rejects CSG moratorium call

Postby HVPA_research » Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:46 am

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From Queensland Country Life:
GAB chair rejects CSG moratorium call

THE chairman of the Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee says that while coal seam gas extraction has the potential to detrimentally impact on underground water resources, calls for a moratorium on the development of gas mining in the GAB are unwarranted.

Jeff Austin, an engineer from Walgett, NSW, chairs the Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee, which is made up of 20 representatives of local, State and Federal Government departments and agricultural, mining and environmental groups.



Mr Austin said it was vital that gas developments proceeded in a “responsible manner.”

“These are two natural resources issues of national significance, and neither one can be ignored,” he said.

“Our extractive issues should not proceed without knowing what impact it is going to have on the other national asset in the GAB. Both are in the national interest and should be linked together so that one proceeds whilst protecting the other.”


Reading of this article gives the impression that Mr. Jeff Austin is trying to sit uncomfortably on the fence. He admits that CSG extraction represents a serious danger to our underground water resources. He is an engineer so he must know what uncontrolled gas extraction is doing in America. He must see the warning signs from Queensland. Yet he thinks that the emerging coal seam gas industry is sufficiently regulated. Has he noted that the NSW Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 No 84 does not even mention coal seam gas methane? So, why should we not have a moratorium on CSG exploration until the science and legislation catch up?
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Re: GAB chair rejects CSG moratorium call

Postby HVPA_research » Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:50 am

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Just a comment from left field, did Jeff Austin go to the same engineering school as that attended by the BP engineers who engineered the untested drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, seems the same potential outcome ?????????

Interesting that the irrigators up here are limited to just over 100,000 megaliter of water a year from the GAB, government regulated, the government decided depletion of the GAB would occur if this was exceeded, what engineering school did those public servants attend ????? Ah, thats right, that was before the multinational ramp up of CSG. How can 350,000 to 500,000 megaliter not impact ?????? Is it just me or is their a logic being missed or fudged over, or worse ??????

Another point of interest is the treated water to be pumped into the water systems up here, LEGALLY, it will impact on NSW, Vic, SA, worry about this all you people who depend on food grown from this water, straight into the Murray Darling. Now there may be nothing to worrry about, the CSG industry will self monitor, i dont think the goverment has pledged to monitor this water yet, let us get the legislation right. Also worth a thought is the brine and chemicals left behind after processing the probably 6500ppm water, so much more toxic, and SO MUCH of it, where will it go, maybe a Genie will make it dissappear

This stand by the GAB coordinating Committee disgusts me !!!!!!

Also, it might be time for the world to seriously start pushing for alternate energy, what about the article recently that stated 20% of the required energy in the world could come from wind. Ah, thats right, it's not fossil fuel !!!!!
Brian Monk
Surat Basin


GOOD ON YOU BRIAN, COULD NOT AGREE MORE!
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Re: GAB chair rejects CSG moratorium call

Postby HVPA_research » Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:04 am

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And while we're on it - how can he possibly say we don't need a moratorium on csg? that csg and the GAB can happily co-exist? Why NOT have a moratorium, when there is so much evidence to support its enormous impact on the land, environment and GAB in particular?? What's the rush? It's not as though the resources will run away, if they're not all dug up this second?? Or is the real reason that they KNOW that they have to rush to get it out, because when people realise the incredible damage that csg industry will do, that it will be banned? Is that the reason for the rush? To beat the ban??
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