Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Is the pendulum swinging?

The anti-CSG movement is gathering momentum as more scientific reports become available and prominent people speak out against it. The media are running stories every day and people are changing their minds.

The NSW government continues to blame the past government. They have stopped fracking until the end of the year and are not giving out new exploration licences but most areas are already covered. They still have not ruled out the renewing of existing licences.

After the government goes into recess for the Christmas break will a number of approvals for exploration, pilot wells or production be granted? Approvals at this time will make it very stressful for objectors who will have to write submissions when they should be spending time with their families.

Although I have not been writing the blog lately, I have been busy. I’m aiming to keep the pressure on the government until the holidays. Government departments are feeling the pressure as some staff have told me not to send any more letters as they don’t have the time to answer them! They must be getting a lot of letters – I don’t send that many!


Winemaker sees red over coal seam gas mining
November 8, 2011 – Sydney Morning Herald - Josephine Tovey
A call to ban coal seam gas mining in the Hunter Valley is set to be debated in the New South Wales Parliament after a petition was presented to the O'Farrell government this morning. Read more:

Fracking shock reignites concern
November 5, 2011 – Sydney Morning Herald - Peter Ker, Philip Wen, Ruth Williams
Debate over the safety of ''fracking'' in Australia has reignited after a gas project in Britain was named as the likely cause of 50 tremors this year. Read more:

Landowners undermined by companies
November 4, 2011 ABC 7.30 NSW
Landowners bought out by mining companies in the Southern Highlands. Quentin Dempster interviews Barry O’Farrell about mining companies not declaring their interest when buying properties.

Coal seam gas ... little better than coal
November 4, 2011 – Sydney Morning Herald – Ben Cubby
A report commissioned by the coal seam gas industry into its own greenhouse gas emissions, and held as commercial-in-confidence for months, shows that Australian gas exported to China is likely to be little better for the environment than coal. Read more:

Noam Chomsky interview
November 2, 2011 – ABC 702 Drive
Richard Glover interviews Noam Chomsky, one of the world's great thinkers. The father of Linguistics and human rights campaigner is this year's recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize.  Hear what he says about coal seam gas.

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