If 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.
The GAB is our greatest inland water resource - it covers 22% of Australia. Sometimes the Basin expels water from deep underground up to the surface, in the form of natural springs.Read more
Right now in Australia, power companies such as AGL, Origin and EnergyAustralia are all investing their money in CSG mining and unconventional gas fracking. However, you don’t have to get your power from these suppliers! There are other energy retailers who provide low cost alternatives and are stronger supporters of renewable energy. Switching to one of these will mean you're supporting a company who invests in renewable energy sources.
For a full rundown on the environmental performance of electricity retailers selling electricity to Australian households check out the Green Electricity Guide.Read more
Australia’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.Read more
There is a growing body of evidence which suggests that the scale of methane emissions from unconventional gas mining makes it potentially more polluting than coal when burnt for electricity.
During unconventional gas production, methane is released into the atmosphere as a result of leakage from well heads, pipelines and infrastructure, and through deliberate venting and flaring of gas. This methane leakage and venting is often referred to as fugitive emissions.
While gas companies spruik the promise of more jobs and economic opportunities for local communities, and significant tax and royalty revenues for governments, 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.Read more
Report by the Australian Network of Environmental Defender's Offices, 2012
Nine national reforms to protect communities, food security, health, water, climate and biodiversity from the impacts of unsustainable coal and unconventional gas mining in Australia:Read more
The National Water Commission 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. Longwall coal mining in the Sydney drinking water catchment has been found to have caused subsidence, cracking and draining of rivers, cliff falls, draining of swamps, and iron oxide pollution. Open-cut mining dewaters aquifers, and often leaves damaging final voids that drain aquifers for centuries.Read more
What is coal seam gas mining?
Coal seam gas (CSG) mining is an invasive form of unconventional gas mining. It 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.
Find out about other forms of unconventional gas mining, such as Shale and Tight gas here.
The difference between conventional and unconventional gas is the geology of the reservoirs from which they are extracted and which therefore require different extraction techniques to obtain commercial quantities of gas.Read more
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 which therefore require different extraction techniques to obtain commercial quantities of gas.
Find out more about Coal Seam Gas (CSG) and fracking here.
Conventional gas is usually found in relatively large permeable rock reservoirs. In a conventional gas deposit, once drilled, the gas can usually be extracted relatively easily via vertical wells. Conventional gas has been extracted in Australia for many decades.Read more
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.Read more