A series of fact sheets compiled by local community groups that provide detailed information on a range of topics relating to coal and gas extraction in regional Queensland.
The Unconventional Gas series
This series gives an overview of some aspects of Coal Seam Gas in Queensland. They are based publicly available information and extensive local experience. These can differ markedly from what industry and government present. These Factsheets draw on many sources and are comprehensive.
This covers: Background -- Risks from Unconventional Gas wells -- How landholders can protect themselves -- Join forces with neighbours and network Local Community Groups.
This covers: About the research Project -- Project methodology -- Extract of main Findings -- Inbuilt limits negating the project’s relevance to society -- Overall comments.
This covers: Legislation -- The MOU -- Searches -- Way Forward.
This covers: Background -- Groundwater Depended Ecosystems -- Water extraction -- Outlook for the Future -- Effects on Forests -- A Glimmer of hope -- Unconventional Gas is a high cost business -- Renewable Power is now cheaper -- Time may be the best friend of at-risk GDEs.
This covers: A description of what is involved in a CSG field -- Local effects of gas -- Effects of pipelines -- Pay-outs -- Area-wide and Long-Term Effects -- What anyone can do -- Additional actions by Landholders -- And above all: Don’t sign anything.
This covers: Preparing within the family -- Joining Forces with neighbours -- Network Local Community Groups -- Negotiating with large companies -- What the Gas Guide states and what companies do.
This covers: Know your opponents -- Background to the Gas Guide -- Chapter 5 of the Gas guide, 'Land access agreement’ (this includes: Overall comment - Property map - Business Plan - Bio security - Chemical use) -- Chapter 6 of the Guide, ‘Make Good' for Bores -- Chapter 9 of the Guide - Rehabilitation and hand-back.
This covers: Background -- How the Gas is brought to the Surface -- Claimed benefits -- Threats beyond Agriculture -- What we can do.
NB The local community won in the campaign to stop this gasfield- as other communities around the country have won similar campaigns. The company, Blue Energy, decided not to apply for an extension of their exploration licence and let them expire. The Chairman explained to shareholders that: “The environmental costs have become too high”.’
The Coal Series:
This is about stopping invasive gas mining and currently Coking-coal mining in the area from Maryborough to Gladstone. The CSG exploration licences were withdrawn after a focused and widely supported campaign. However, exploration licences can be re-issued.
This covers: About Fox Resources Ltd -- Directors -- History -- Geological data -- Promoting the project -- Other stakeholders -- Mining Development Lease MDL 3040 -- geology and mining effects on underground water -- Location and health effects --Current economic value of agriculture and tourism is huge and rising -- Coking-coal’s economic value is diminishing -- Comments.
This covers: Fox Resources and some ministers are wrong -- Hydrogen successfully used for making steel -- Competition between steel makers -- Giants, 256 m tall, to reduce the cost of renewable energy -- Australia’s response to this new technology -- Proposing an open-cut coking coal mine near Bundaberg makes no sense.
This series covers aspects of Gladstone’s transition from a ‘fossil-fuel based’ economy to a ‘green’ economy.
This covers: Vehicles and Performances - Observations -- The future
This covers: Climate change is real - The choice is ours - Batteries - Pumped Hydro - Green Hydrogen - Finance - Obstacles to growth - Jobs in Thermal Coal - Jobs in Renewable Energy.
This covers: The Proposed Gladstone Energy and Ammonia Project - Aspects of Concern: Greenhouse gasses – Fines, bottom ash and fly-ash handling - Marketing and Transport - Economic and Employment aspects - Ecological aspects -- Summary.
This covers: Introduction - Hydrogen Fuel Cells (HFC) - Proven in practice - Advantages of Hydrogen - Drawbacks of Hydrogen - Advantages of Ammonia - Risks are well understood - Drawback of Ammonia -- New Research -- The future.