Many Australians are concerned about coal seam gas mining, not in a NIMBY way but because real regulations & safeguards do not exist.
The companies are not helping themselves. They have zero credibility. Residents in and around my local St Peters area are terrified and up in arms about plans to drill for coal seam gas in that suburb. Apparently plans for drilling in St Peters have been “dropped” but no-one really knows what that means.
Obviously, alternative clean energy sources are an issue which needs to be addressed but coal seam gas mining isn’t about environment & sustainability, it’s about money, and it’s not clean.
According to the Wilderness Society’s web page coal seam gas is emerging as a massive public issue.Pilliga: After an investigation by the Wilderness Society and local environment groups, coal seam gas company Santos has had to temporarily shut down the majority of their drilling operations in the beautiful Pilliga Forest after we exposed the significant pollution risks of coal seam gas mining.
Santos have now publicly admitted to 20 hazardous events in the Pilliga forest, including a toxic spill of over 10,000 litres of untreated coal seam gas water.
The ongoing spills, leaks and cover-ups taking place in the Pilliga Forest provide on-the-ground evidence of the serious risks involved in the coal seam gas industry. It is obvious that self-regulation by coal seam gas companies is failing.
Kimberley: Buru Energy has recently commenced ‘tight gas’ fracking operations just 80km from Broome (Yulleroo field) without any environmental impact assessment – thanks to the WA EPA refusing to assess it. The EPA and WA Government Ministers claim that environmental assessment isn’t necessary because the industry is regulated by the WA Mines Department but this ‘regulation’ was recently exposed as a myth by the WA Auditor General.