Happy New Year! Coal seam gas update from Caroona

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Happy New Year! Coal seam gas update from Caroona

Postby HVPA_research » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:52 pm

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Hi Everyone,

This is the Year of the Farmer - and it is OUR year!!!. Down with fleuro vests and hard hats and UP with akubras! This year is going to be critical for our cause so let's really unite and make it a great one!
2011 was spectacularly successful in many ways with a huge jump in awareness of coal seam gas issues, the formation of many groups and our very own successful blockade. Coal seam gas has been in the news daily and it is a daunting task to stay up to date. America is now reporting a "glut" in gas production and are looking to export their "natural gas." AND competing for our markets. Their infrastructure is futher advanced than ours and of course, I wish them the best of luck. Meanwhile, huge blow-out of costs, delays in projects and community resistance is hampering the development of CSG in Australia. All good for us. So the following is a snippet of the many stories that are making the news and electronic media.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/busines ... 6252823325 Are Santos drilling practises to blame again. In 2006 Santos were the technological lead in a project in East Java which resulted in mudslides - causing loss of many lives, infrstructure, housing etc. Santos skulked out the door - selling on their responsibility for $22 million. They are apparently still liable. Have they repeated the same mistake? I hope it is investigated thoroughly and not swept under the carpet.

Closer to home:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-25/a ... ite=sydney Hasn't anyone briefed this guy? Surely he lives in a vaccuum! Turnbull, as a former Water Minister, has a far greater understanding of the issues.

The Australian put up an excellent article on saving our farmlands
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/na ... 6250777008
Matthew Wright of Beyond Zero Emissions has submitted the following:
http://www.climatespectator.com.au/comm ... dium=email
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/na ... 6250777008 The importance of food!



http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/min ... 6251757442 "What about agriculture?" !!!!
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/op ... 30274.aspx Fascinating reading about our rapidly diminishing groundwater supplies. Why on earth is the government pursuing the CSG route?
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/pro ... 23/3787412 More on the diminishing groundwater supplies. Craig Simmons is the Chairman of the Interim Bio-regional Assessment committee. It is great to see someone with a sound groundwater knowledge finally entering into the CSG debate. (see next website referring to the make-up of the Interim Bio-Regional Assessment Committee. Simmons is the Chairman of this committee.

http://www.manningrivertimes.com.au/new ... 30255.aspx


http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/lo ... 27767.aspx and students doing their own objection to CSG.

Coal seam gas emission will be quantified in America later this year while APPEA is loud in it objections!! We have the same technology, same product, same drilling fluids, geology may be different - yet APPEA continues to insist it is all different in Australia. One thing frequently overlooked is that American groundwater extracted has a meagre 850mg/litre of salt while ours is around 13000mg/litre - what are the gas companies going to do with the thousands of tons of salt extracted in NSW?

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/clima ... 1qa5i.html

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/comm ... SPEC_DAILY

Meanwhile in Queensland the guidelines for the development of resources on Strategic Cropping Lands has been released.
http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/land/plannin ... de-web.pdf

SCENIC Rim Regional Council is pushing for amendments to State legislation to prohibit coal seam gas (CSG) exploration activities in its region. The council has sent a peer-reviewed report analysing the potential impacts of coal and CSG activities. A blockade was held at Kerry (near Beaudesert) resulting in 13 arrests - police state? Campbell Neuman has stated that the Scenic Rim will not be gassed.
http://qcl.farmonline.com.au/news/state ... 25334.aspx

And a chilling report from America.
http://mobile.businessweek.com/magazine ... 92012.html

All the very best for 2012! Remember if these links don't open just cut and paste to your toolbar. Feel free to pass this on to anyone who may care.

Rosemary Nankivell
Chairperson of Coal Seam Gas Committee
CAROONA COAL ACTION GROUP.

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