Social, legal and health issues related to air and water toxic pollution in Australia.


Postby HVPA_research » Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:51 am

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Not pretty … farmer Tony Pickard in the contaminated Pilliga woodland in north-western NSW, where coal seam gas companies are drilling. Photo: Jacky Ghossein

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/conse ... z1nQqNpDLN

As you know the Pilliga and associated environmental damage has been in the papers and articles too numerous to mention. The one thing that all these reports have left out is the simple fact - if the damage on top of the ground is so great, how on earth do we know what has happened underground in the Great Artesian Basin? Eastern Star Gas (ESG) has fracked 13 times in this area - 3 of which were at that time, were the largest frack jobs to be carried out in Australian history. This has not been mentioned at all. Santos has trumpeted loudly that ESG has not followed appropriate practises, yet at least three of those spills happened on their watch, suggesting to me that Santos is no better if not worse than ESG.

The pilot production site at Kahlua is the thin end of the wedge for gas development on the Liverpool Plains. We fended them off temporarily at the Georges Island (Glasserton) site yet very little has been done about the Kahlua site. Drops in land values have been significant. I attended a meeting at Mullaley on Thursday night where the Marys Mount group (Kahlua) have formed. There is a strong but very small core of people. Already Santos has had difficulties with one of the wells at this site as reported in the Carbon Minerals website but of course not mentioned by Santos!

The Land is doing a two part series on coal seam gas and its impacts on the Powder River in Wyoming. The first part is in this week's land and it is very damning. I can't wait to hear Santos' response.

Tim Duddy and I gave talks to the Sydney Food Fair Alliance a couple of weeks ago. There were about 40 in the room and the meeting was chaired by Costa - the new garden show host on ABC. It was good to get our message out and we met some interesting people. There was a great deal of sympathy in the room for the Liverpool Plains and hopefully it will help spread the word.

http://www.catholicreligiousaustralia.org/index.php/109-justice-network/378 Here is an interesting article from the Catholic Church.



http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/great-gas-debate?utm_source=Climate%20Spectator&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=79eb0d6127-CSPEC_DAILY Yet another study questioning the emissions claims made by CSG companies.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/fe ... xploration The people of Bulgaria have banned hydraulic fracturing.

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. (Alice Walker)

Have a great day,
Kind Regards


Now they're drilling in the Sydney Water Catchment. See link below.



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