Residents on the Tara residential estate on Queensland's Western Darling Downs have reported the presence of gas smelling like 'rotten eggs' and another 'sweet-smelling' gas and, as a result, teams from both state and federal governments have begun investigations of the area to determine if these are linked with nearby coal seam gas activities.
The gas smells were reported to the state government several weeks ago and residents have been complaining about symptoms like nose bleeds and chronic headaches in their children.
The Lock the Gate Alliance recently released video footage of gas bubbling up through the Condamine River and both the coal seam gas company, Origin, and the Queensland government have admitted it is methane but are claiming it is from 'natural sources'.Read more
The United Nations' call this morning for the Australian government to show substantial progress before February 1 next year on the health of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area the shows foolishness of the Queensland government's plans to cut so-called "green tape."
Today's report from UNESCO expressed "extreme concern" about about the future of the Reef given the high rate of approvals and unprecedented scale of development and said the area's world heritage status could be listed as "in danger" as early as 2013 if these "threatening developments" are allowed to proceed.
Lock the Gate Alliance president Drew Hutton said the Newman government should heed the call from UNESCO and place a moratorium on the massive coal port development planned for the Queensland coast.Read more
Lock the Gate investigators have discovered coal seam gas bubbling to the surface along a 5 kilometre stretch of the Condamine River near Chinchilla.
The gas is bubbling to the surface in at least four spots along this stretch of the river and, according to a local landowner, the coal seam gas company operating in the area (Origin) has identified it as coal seam gas and is testing to see which of its seams it comes from.
Lock the Gate Alliance president, Drew Hutton, will be calling a media conference today at 10:30am in front of the Parliamentary Annexe to describe these findings and call for certain actions to be taken.Read more
The Lock the Gate Alliance submission to the NSW Government's Strategic Regional Land Use Policy has called for communities to be given a veto right over exploration, mining and gas production in their regions.
Recommendation 8 of 12 in the submission reads: "Introduce a process to enable local communities to be able to say no to mining and petroleum exploration or production in their areas.
Lock the Gate President Drew Hutton said, "Communities should have a right to say no to mining and gas production. They should be able to decide their own future when it comes to what industries they support and how to manage their natural resources for the benefit of the community.Read more
The New South Wales upper house inquiry into coal seam gas is set to issue a report today recommending the NSW government should cease issuing production licences for coal seam gas production until a ''comprehensive framework'' for regulating the industry is developed.
It also will recommend a moratorium on fracking, a controversial method of extracting methane from coal seams, until the national regulator has finished testing the chemicals in the fracking fluids.
Lock the Gate Alliance president, Drew Hutton, called on Queensland premier, Campbell Newman, to call a halt on the "mad gas rush" his government is promoting and to adopt a more cautious approach in line with the recommendations of this powerful NSW committee.Read more