If you are interested in learning more about unconventional gas and mining, these books, research papers, parliamentary reports and scientific studies provide an opportunity to consider a more in-depth analysis of some key associated issues.
You can also see submissions that have been made by Lock the Gate Alliance to governments and other institutions around the country, and read correspondence that we have sent recently to relevant authorities.
- Rich Land, Wasteland by Sharyn Munro: For nearly a year Sharyn Munro travelled through rural Australia, visiting communities in coal-mining areas. She found a war zone.
- The Activists' Handbook by Aidan Ricketts: A powerful guide to grassroots activism. Providing all essential practical tools, methods and strategies needed for a successful campaign and extensively discussing legal and ethical issues, this book empowers its readers to effectively promote their cause.
- Too Much Luck by Paul Cleary: Paul Cleary shows how the resource boom, which seems a blessing, could well become a curse.
- Mine-Field by Paul Cleary: Paul Cleary counts the true cost of Australia’s mineral addiction.
- What the Frack? by Paddy Manning: Journalist Paddy Manning unpicks the coal seam gas extraction story, visiting drill sites, boardrooms, pipelines, parliamentary offices and angry farm gate protests. It seems that coal seam gas extraction may be one boom that’s happening too fast.
- Final report on coal seam gas, NSW Parliamentary Inquiry, 2012
- The impact of mining coal seam gas on the management of the Murray Darling Basin, Senate Inquiry, 2011
- Australia’s Unconventional Energy Options, Committe for Economic Development of Australia, 2012.
- CSG economic modelling; On the alleged benefits of the Santos coal seam gas project in North West NSW, The Australia Institute, 2012.
- Are we entering a golden age of gas?, International Energy Agency, 2011.
The Precautionary Principle
- The Precautionary Principle, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisaton, 2005.
- The mining and burning of coal: effects on health and the environment, Medical Journal of Australia, 2011.
- Symptomatology of a gas field - An independent health survey in the Tara rural residential estates and environs, Geralyn McCarron, 2013.
Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)
- Hydraulic Fracturing in Coal Seam Gas Mining: The Risks to Our Health, Communities, Environment and Climate, National Toxics Network, 2011.
- Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing (United States), Duke University, 2011.
- Geomechanical Study of Bowland Shale Seismicity (United Kingdom), commissioned by Cuadrilla Resources, 2011.
- Measuring Fugitive Emissions: Is coal seam gas a viable bridging fuel? The Australia Institute, 2012.
- Review of literature on international best practice for estimating greenhouse gas emissions from coal seam gas production, Pitt & Sherry commissioned by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, 2012.
- Methane and the greenhouse-gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations (United States), Howarth, Cornell University, 2011.
- A commentary on “The greenhouse-gas footprint of natural gas in shale formations” by R.W. Howarth, R. Santoro, and Anthony Ingraffea, Cathles et al.,Cornell University, 2011.
- Venting and leaking of methane from shale gas development: response to Cathles et al., Howarth, Cornell University 2011.
- Too much of a good thing? The macroeconomic case for slowing down the mining boom, The Australia Institute, 2012.
- Job creator or job destroyer: An analysis of the mining boom in Queensland, The Australia Institute, 2012.
- Fact sheet: Coal, Beyond Zero Emissions.
Clean Renewable Energy
- Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan, Beyond Zero Emissions, 2010.