Report: Methane Emissions in QLD CSG fields.

vent.jpgThe main chemical component of coal seam gas (CSG) is methane. Methane is also a powerful greenhouse gas. As a chemical, methane is odourless, colourless, and invisible to the naked eye. These characteristics mean that methane released during industry gasfield operations can be readily overlooked, ignored, or hidden.

This report describes video recording methane emissions in the Queensland CSG fields using a FLIR GF-­‐320 infrared video camera. Download the Report Here.

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Freeloaders: air and water pollution from NSW coal mines

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Lock the Gate Alliance has released a report which calculates that NSW taxpayers are losing out on $14M each year because the coal mining industry is allowed to pollute for free.

The report – titled ‘Freeloaders: Air and Water Pollution from Coal Mines in NSW’ - is the first ever to compare the total pollution discharged by coal miners for free with the costs borne by other industries who are forced to pay under the NSW load-based licensing scheme.

 

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Ipswich Koala Hotspot

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A new report by the University of Queensland has found the koala population of the Ipswich region is a significant population for the conservation of this species in Australia.

The report found that the Ipswich region is home to an estimated population of up to 4,368 koalas.

The report was launched with the support of Taz, the koala detection dog who was part of a community koala survey in the area late last year.

Taz is an English springer spaniel, who was specially-trained to detect koala scat that were later analysed by scientists to determine the age, gender, health and genetic diversity of koalas.

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Draining the Lifeblood

Groundwater impacts of coal mining in the Galilee Basin

The Draining the Lifeblood report [PDF 4MB], and updated estimates of cumulative water impacts, raise alarm bells about the potentially devastating impacts on groundwater resources from 9 proposed new 'mega' coal mines in the Galilee Basin, Central Queensland.  This report is the first to attempt an assessment of the likely cumulative impacts of all 9 mine proposals.

The report was released in September 2013 and new estimates of groundwater impacts have since been provided to the regulator. 

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