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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 22:58

Coal seam gas mining and associated issues

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Southern Cross University has just released results from a study where researchers have used a specialised measuring device and recorded elevated levels of methane in the air above the Tara gas field in Queensland.  The research shows massive leakages from the ground occurring around Tara in Queensland where coal seam gas mining is underway.  If these results are verified, it could mean that coal seam gas is worse for climate change than coal.

GetUp is urging us to ask Federal Climate Change Minister Greg Combet to commission urgent research into the climate impacts of coal seam gas

New South Wales

Environmental Defenders Office

The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) is an independent legal service for those facing environmental disputes of great public interest, but are otherwise unable to take action themselves due to financial constraints. Currently, EDO is threatened with funding cuts from the NSW government, which would make them unable to continue serving the community in the public interest.

Click here for more information and to sign the Petition to save the EDO.

Scenic Hills

AGL Energy Ltd (AGL) has applied to the NSW Minister for Planning to put up to 66 coal seam gas wells across Campbelltown’s Scenic Hills from Denham Court in the North to Mount Annan in the South, and into Camden’s newest suburbs.  

The Scenic Hills are zoned Environmental Protection (Scenic).  Extractive industries and mines are prohibited under the zoning.  Religious communities of nuns and friars, small rural-residential holders, recreational establishments and farmers set up here believing their rural tranquillity was protected.  Yet NSW legislation allows AGL to ignore this and treat the area as if it was zoned for heavy industry.

Click here for more information on the drive to stop AGL's coal seam gas field in Scenic Hills. 

Click here to make a submission to the NSW Department of Planning on AGL's application (Camden Gas Project Stage 3) by 18th December.

Victoria

Victoria is facing a vast expansion of its coal and unconventional gas industries. This will take place in some of Australia’s most valuable agricultural land.

The Victorian government is being requested to institute a moratorium on all new coal and unconventional gas exploration and operations.

Click here for more information on the movement to support a coal and gas field free Victoria.

Click here to write a letter to the Victorian Premier asking for a moratorium.