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  • published Coalmines in Campaigns 2017-08-31 16:10:03 +1000

  • published Campaigns 2017-08-31 16:06:19 +1000

  • 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.

    Download PDF version of fact sheet here

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  • Unconventional Gas: Methane Leakage and Venting

    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 fracturing

    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.

    Download PDF version of fact sheet here.

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  • published Draining the Lifeblood in Reports 2016-03-30 08:35:45 +1100

    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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  • published Coal Seam Gas Will Cost YOU More in National 2016-03-30 08:33:54 +1100

    Coal Seam Gas Will Cost YOU More

    The coal seam gas (CSG) export industry in Australia is causing gas prices to rise.

    The construction of three CSG export plants in Queensland will allow CSG miners to export their gas and obtain much higher prices paid by the world market[1].

    This means domestic prices will rise to match the world price[2]. The increase in your gas bill in 2015 as a result of CSG exports will be up up to $162 per year for a household and $625 per year for a small business[3]. Further increases are likely beyond 2016. 

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  • Switch your power away from CSG and fracking

    Right now in Australia, power companies such as AGL, Origin and Energy Australia are all investing their money in coal seam gas 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. 

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  • endorsed 2015-08-20 11:40:44 +1000

    Our common home

    Bishops, wine-makers, livestock producers and conservationists have penned a joint letter to NSW Premier Mike Baird calling on him to protect our common home from a coal mining industry that is out of control.  You can read the full text of the joint letter here

    Our common home, our farmland, rivers, villages and bushland are being torn up or ruined for coal mining. How long are coal affected communities expected to wait for the Government to do something to fix up coal mining? 

    We've put an ad in Mike Baird's local paper, the Manly Daily, and want all of you to give him a call and add your voice to the push to reform coal mining and save our communities, landscapes and rural industries. Can you call him?



  • published Brett's Story in Gloucester 2015-08-04 13:46:22 +1000

    Brett's Story

    Voices from Gloucester: Brett's story

    Brett Jacobs is appealing for help.

    The 50 year-old father of seven is battling against gas giant AGL who wants to frack his precious valley and he feels outnumbered. Brett is worried about the health of his children, his water and his land.

    If allowed to proceed AGL’s plan could see hundreds of coal seam gas wells pocking the Gloucester landscape.

    In October last year Brett put his body on the frontline when he locked himself onto an access gate by the neck in a desperate bid to halt the march of the gas rigs. He was arrested for his non-violent action but is undeterred. Prior to locking on Brett had never been in trouble with the law and had not even had a speeding fine. He says he will have to move his children away from Gloucester if his actions to protect them from the impact of csg mining fail. But he is determined to do everything he can to save his community and safeguard his kids.

    “I’m worried about the poisons they are going to put into the ground and more so what they are going to bring-up and the health effects on my kids, the water and the land,” Brett said. “The law is failing us.”

    Fellow protector and well-known author Sharyn Munro moved to Gloucester to escape the problems of the Upper Hunter and its coal pits and is now watching the Gloucester Valley being handed over to the miners.

    “It is unthinkable to be turning a scenic, purely watered beautiful place like Gloucester into an industrial zone,” she said.

    “This is the last place on earth that ought to be being fracked.”

    Sharyn sees the actions of the CSG miners as criminally negligent in their “suck it and see” approach to managing the problems and impacts of fracking.

    Both Sharyn and Brett are calling for others outside their community to take a stand against AGL and join them on the picket line.

    “It’s about just saving where we live,” Brett said.

    “We cannot let them stuff our water supply up.”

  • published Lock the Gate Coordinators in About Us 2015-08-04 12:52:35 +1000

    Lock the Gate Coordinators

    Media Coordinator

    Dominic Geiger email


    Mine Rehabilitation Coordinator - Rick Humphries email


    Wide Bay-Burnett - Vicki Perrin email

    Brisbane- Ellie Smith email

    New South Wales

    NSW Community Coordinator - Nic Clyde email

    Regions - Hunter and North West

    For Hunter contacts, get in touch with George Woods email

    Hunter Renewal Project Coordinator - Danielle Coleman email

    For the North West, contact Margaret Fleck email


    Coal and Gas Free Vic

    Northern Territory


    Rural & Remote - get in touch via Frack Free NT email

    Western Australia


    Claire McKinnon email


    Mid West/Midlands/Swan/Gascoyne - Simone van Hattem email


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