Unconventional Gas: Coal Seam Gas Risks

risks of coal seam gas, CSG, , effects of coal seam gas mining, what is coal seam gasCoal seam gas (CSG) mining is a risky, invasive form of unconventional gas mining

Coal seam gas extraction usually involves tens of thousands of gas wells, with roads, pipelines, compressor stations, wastewater dams, and other infrastructure.  A CSG project can spread across hundreds of thousands of hectares of land. Download this fact sheet as a PDF.

Find out about other forms of unconventional gas mining, such as Shale and Tight gas here.

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Unconventional Gas: Shale and Tight Gas & Fracking Risks

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What is the difference between conventional and unconventional gas?

The difference between conventional and unconventional gas is the geology of the reservoirs from which they are extracted and the different extraction techniques which are therefore required to obtain commercial quantities of gas. Download the PDF version of this fact sheet

Find out more about Coal Seam Gas (CSG) and fracking here.

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Coal Mining: Water Impacts of the Adani Coal Mine

adani coal mine, water, queenslandIf built, Adani’s proposed mega-coal mine will be the largest in Australia and one of the largest in the world.

The mine puts at risk water resources that are the lifeblood of Central Queensland. These sources include rivers, ancient springs, and aquifers of the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) adjoining the mine, which are all vital in times of drought.

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Coal mining: Impacts and Risks

what is coal, coal mining in Australia.Coal is an unsustainable fossil fuel. Australia is one of the world's largest producers and exporters of coal.

This also makes Australia responsible for a significant portion of the world's greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change. 

Despite the threat that coal mining poses to our climate, waterways and productive farming land, coal exports are set to double by 2021.

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Unconventional Gas: Methane Leakage and Venting

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During unconventional gas production, methane is released into the atmosphere from leakage and venting.

This methane leakage and venting is often referred to as fugitive emissions and occurs as a result of leakage from well heads, pipelines and infrastructure, and through deliberate venting and flaring of gas.

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Unconventional Gas Facts: Gas supply and Price

coal seam gas, gas suplly, LNG gladstone, lock the gate allianceThe development of an export gas industry based on coal seam gas (CSG) production in Queensland has led to dramatic changes in the eastern-Australian gas market.

Since the three new liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants in Gladstone came online in 2015-16, domestic gas prices in eastern Australia have increased by up to 500%, causing significant hardship for Australian consumers.

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Unconventional Gas: Jobs and Economy

Dangers of fracking, fracking risks, fracking pros and cons, what is fracking, effects of coal seam gas mining, what is coal seam gas, impacts of fracking, fracking definition, hydraulic fracturingGas companies spruik the promise of more jobs and significant tax and royalty revenues from gas development.

Unfortunately the reality of unconventional gas development is very different.

Research and statistics from unconventional gas development in Australia reveal that these promises just don’t stack up and that there are a range of negative economic impacts following gasfield industrialisation.

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Unconventional Gas: Renewable Energy & Power Generation

Dangers of fracking, fracking risks, fracking pros and cons, what is fracking, effects of coal seam gas mining, what is coal seam gas, impacts of fracking, fracking definition, hydraulic fracturingAustralia’s electricity sector is the nation’s single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

Gas power generation is promoted by the gas industry as a transition fuel, yet research is putting that myth to rest. Rapid advances and falling costs in renewable power and storage technologies means that a secure, dependable, cost effective power system can now be achieved without gas.

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Risks of Coal and Unconventional Gas Mining

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Read all about the impacts of coal and coal seam gas and fracking on land, water and communities in Australia.

Water Impacts: The National Water Commission[1] has stated that coal seam gas mining risks having 'significant, long-term and adverse impacts' on water resources, including from depressurisation and contamination of aquifers. 

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Coal and Gas Impacts: Further Reading

Further detailed information on the impacts of coal and coal seam gas and fracking can be found below.

These reports are collated from peer reviewed research into the environmental and health risks from fracking and unconventional gas operations:

-The 5th Edition of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (March 2018).

-The New York State Public health review of Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas Development.

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