The NSW Government approved exploration for coal seam gas 500m from the World Heritage Wollemi National Park at Putty. The Australian 'gas rush' for export needs to be reconsidered taking into account the impacts on the environment, people’s health, livelihoods and plans for the future.
Friday, 1 July 2011
Country & City Unite
Country and city groups unite, CSG Petition, adverse publicity prompts advertising campaign, warning for small rural communities, Origin explains why they have no PELs in NSW and lots of links.
Afternoon tea at Putty
COUNTRY & CITY UNITE
Jacinta Green, a committee member of Lock the Gate Alliance, came to Putty to talk about coal seam gas (CSG) to a small group at the Putty Hall on Saturday. Jacinta is aiming to stop Dart Energy from drilling an exploration hole near her home in St Peters. She is calling for a moratorium on CSG mining and a thorough investigation into the environmental and health impacts of CSG mining. The Putty Community Association CSG Subcommittee has agreed to unite with No Gas Mining in Sydney in the fight against Dart Energy and AGL by sharing contacts and swapping information given out by the mining companies.
The mining companies must be worried about the growing numbers of negative media reports on coal seam gas mining. As Santos prepares to mine for coal seam gas in prime agricultural land in NSW the company has launched an advertising campaign in print and on television. Their advertisements on SBS and in the Telegraph show Col Maunder from Wallumbilla (near Roma) in Queensland saying ‘Santos looks after the people and the land that is why they are always welcome on my place’.
If the mining companies spend loads of money on advertising will the adverse media reports on coal seam gas stop?
In small rural communities the mining companies advertise in struggling local papers, sponsor events and give to good causes to ingratiate themselves within a community. Their representatives who talk to landholders are usually tall and good looking and are paid handsomely to be ‘very nice’ blokes. Everyone else working or contracting for the company are not allowed to say anything to the public.
ORIGIN ENERGY & NSW
Why does Origin Energy not own any Petroleum Exploration Licences (PELs) in NSW?
When assessing the commercial viability of exploration opportunities within Australia and overseas Origin takes into consideration a range of factors, including the potential of the resource, estimated operational and/or acquisition costs, Origin’s existing portfolio of exploration and development licenses, potential opportunities to monetise the resource, environmental impacts, land access issues and the regulatory environment.Taking the above into consideration, Origin has concluded that an investment in a PEL in NSW is not compelling at this stage, however Origin does continually assess its options.