APPEA fudges report on groundwater impacts

Published: August 04, 2011

Statements released today by the industry body for coal seam gas, APPEA, on the groundwater impacts of CSG are not an accurate representation of an original report.

Spokesperson Ross Dunne stated the study commissioned by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) shows the coal seam gas industry will have little impact on either the Great Artesian Basin or aquifers relied on by agriculture.

Spokesperson for the Lock the Gate Alliance, Drew Hutton, said this was a willful misinterpretation of the original study which was a desktop study based on data from two years ago.

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Alarm as fourth dugong death reported in Gladstone

Published: July 25, 2011

With a fourth dugong found dead, washed up on a beach in Gladstone harbour, environmentalists are warning of an ecological disaster in this section of the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area.

Four dead dugong, three dolphins and more than 40 turtles have all been found since May washed up around the harbour.

Spokesperson for Friends of the Earth and president of the Lock the Gate Alliance, Drew Hutton, said he had witnessed first-hand much of the destruction which has already begun in Gladstone harbour as a result of construction of the LNG facilities.

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NSW govt puts moratorium on fracking: what is the Bligh govt doing?

Published: July 21, 2011

Today's announcement by the NSW government of a moratorium on the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in coal seam gas extraction exposes the charade by the Bligh government that they are pursuing the public interest with their policy on this industry.

NSW Resources and Energy Minister, Chris Hartcher, announced today a moratorium on the controversial "fracking" process put in place until year's end.

The government will also introduce tougher restrictions on the use of groundwater, and new public consultation guidelines.

Lock the Gate Alliance president, Drew Hutton, said that, while the NSW government's policy was still well short of what was needed, it did show up the inadequacies of the Bligh government's policy.

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Takeover of Eastern Star Gas spells trouble for Santos

Published: July 19, 2011

Santos' dream run in the coal seam gas industry is about to hit a serious road block in its $924 million takeover of Eastern Star Gas.

Santos has largely flown under the radar in its large Queensland operation because it has been located in the far west where there are large properties mostly given over to grazing.  They have also worked in this area for some time and have bought quite a few properties.

However, with the purchase of Eastern Star tenements in north and central New South Wales, Santos will find itself facing significant challenges.

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First shots fired in NSW Lock the Gate campaign

Published: July 18, 2011

A meeting of 85 farmers at the little town on Gurley in northern NSW earlier this week saw the beginning of the first direct confrontation between coal seam gas companies and farmers in New South Wales.

The company Planet Gas has, in the last few days, sent letters to farmers on the beautiful black soil country south of Moree demanding entry to their properties to explore for coal seam gas  and threatening that landholders would be taken to arbitration if they had not negotiated an agreement within 28 days.

However, in an ominous sign for the company, the meeting at Gurley unanimously decided to lock their gates and refuse to negotiate with Planet Gas.

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