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Fracking Rally 2013 Image by Maryland Sierra Club via Flickr

Lock the Gate Alliance
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‘Fractured Country: an Unconventional Invasion’ is a new film from Lock the Gate Alliance (Australia) about the risks to communities from invasive gasfields. This is the full version of the documentary.

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Dandelion Salad

by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 21, 2013

‘Water, water everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.’
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

At long last Britain is discussing and objecting to fracking – or we would be if the general public had access to accurate information.  As it is, Prime Minister David Cameron is going all out to promote a country-wide embrace of shale gas.

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1st March 2012:

Dr Lloyd-Smith is Senior Advisor to the National Toxics Network and an expert on the toxic risks of coal seam gas mining to human and animal health. In this presentation at the Lismore Community Information evening concerning CSG mining in the Northern Rivers, Dr Lloyd-Smith presents a detailed and devastating analysis of the poisonous effects of this destructive industry.

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/plan-to-mine-gas-under-homes-20121228-2bz9w.html

LARGE-SCALE coal seam gas drilling would take place directly under suburban streets and backyards in Sydney under a proposal being assessed by the state’s planning and infrastructure department.

But the gas company AGL has ruled out using the controversial fracking technique at its proposed 66-well gasfield between Liverpool and Campbelltown.

About 10,000 homes in the affected area, covering suburbs such as Currans Hill, Varroville, Kearns, Eschol Park and Denham Court, have been notified of the company’s plans by newsletters.

AGL said there would be no impact at the surface, even for houses directly above the path of a drill.
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”It is possible that horizontal drilling could take place under houses. However it is worth noting that as per the community update provided by AGL, horizontal wells do not cause any impact on surface infrastructure above,” a spokeswoman said.

The proposal before the planning agency is for up to 66 wells at 11 sites. While the surface well heads are mostly between 300 and 400 metres from homes, the plan calls for underground drilling of up to 2.5 kilometres from the surface site, a radius that includes thousands of homes.

The technique involves drilling a well about 700 metres down, then guiding the drill horizontally under the earth to reach sources of underground coal seam gas and create a path for it to be brought to the surface.

But some residents believe not enough is known about methane leaks that appear to be caused by large-scale gas drilling.

They fear that by sucking water and gas up from underground, some gas will find other ways up to the surface, and could end up leaking through fissures in the ground and emerging in suburbs.

”We’re concerned with what we’re seeing in Tara in Queensland,” said Jacqui Kirkby, of the Scenic Hills Association, which opposes coal seam gas drilling in the district.

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”Once you de-water a coal seam, the gas can find its way up to the surface and goes wherever it can.”

At the Tara gasfield on the Western Downs, high levels of methane, carbon dioxide and other compounds have been detected at distances of several kilometres from drilling sites.

Ms Kirkby said people she had spoken to in western Sydney generally did not trust AGL’s assurances that the drilling techniques were completely safe.

”I think it’s just that natural tendency for Australians to take things with a grain of salt,” she said. ”AGL won’t ever talk about the potential downsides of what they’re trying to do, so people tend not to believe them.”

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/nsw/plan-to-explore-for-gas-under-40-of-state-20121207-2b11e.html Sparking outrage … the NSW Aboriginal Land Council has applied to explore for coal seam gas under 40 per cent of the state. Photo: Glenn Hunt THE NSW Aboriginal Land Council has applied to explore for coal seam gas under 40 per cent of the state, sparking outrage from indigenous and non-indigenous people alike. As a community meeting addressed by the Planning Minister, Brad Hazzard, was overrun by protesters at Lismore on the north coast this week, public submissions to the land council’s four separate applications closed. If successful, the land council, which is the peak body for all NSW local land councils, could gain mining rights to 321,300 square kilometres. In March Fairfax Media revealed the council’s initial foray into the resources sector, which would make it Australia’s first indigenous commercial miner. Advertisement Aboriginal people need to work towards economic independence to end generational poverty, the council argues. It will not reveal its joint venture partner, saying only that it is in ”confidential negotiations with a potential” partner. One of the areas covers 65,700 square kilometres from Bathurst to the Victorian border, encircling the ACT on the way. Another runs from Coffs Harbour on the north coast down to south of Port Macquarie and west almost to Armidale. Read full report via Brisbane Times

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July 8, 2012

Aug 5, 2012 by alexhiggins732

Full Story: http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2012/08/06/momentum-builds-fracking-truth-da…

As anti-fracking momentum grows nationwide with word being spread the practice permanently destroys water sheds, PA activists shutdown a planned operation.

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To Mr Barry O’Farrell

I am writing to you today to express my concern as a resident of NSW.  It has been bought to my attention that CSG exploration will commence in my local area of Blacktown. To be more specific, this CSG exploration is due to be placed near Prospect Reservoir, a major water catchment for Western Sydney.

This Sir, is Unacceptable. I draw your attention to the Report published in April 2011 by Dr Mirann Lloyd-Smith and Dr Rye Senjen of the National Toxics Network, titled, “Hydraulic Fracturing in Coal Seam Gas Mining; The Risks to Health, Communities, Environment and Climate”. I have attached a PDF of this report for your perusal to ensure you have the correct details of what CSG Mining actually does to local communities.

NTN-Fracking-Briefing-Paper-April-2011  (Downloadable Copy of report, PDF)

In this report, i draw your attention to: Page 1 of Report: Paragraphs 1-2

“The National Toxics Network (NTN) calls on federal and state governments to implement a moratorium on the use of drilling and fracturing chemicals (‘fracking chemicals’) used in the hydraulic drilling and fracturing of coal gas seams and gas shale extraction, until the fracking chemicals have been fully assessed for their health and environmental hazards by the industrial chemicals regulator, the National Industrial Chemical Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS).”

“NTN’s review has found that only 2 out of the 23 most commonly used fracking chemicals in Australia have been assessed by NICNAS. Neither of these 2 chemicals were specifically assessed for their use in hydraulic drilling and fracking.

Page 2: Paragraph 5

“While the interest in CSG stems from its high content of methane, it can also contain carbon dioxide (CO2), and the amount of CO2 can vary dramatically. For instance, the Illawarra Coal Measures in NSW may even contain predominantly carbon dioxide.4 This raises critical questions about CSG and its validity as a ‘clean’ source of energy for the future.”

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Is CSG a Sustainable Source of Energy?
“The real environmental and social costs of CSG extraction have not been adequately assessed. According to a recent Cornell University assessment, “Natural gas obtained by the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing may contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions and so should not be considered as a cleaner alternative to coal or oil.”14”

The list of Facts could go on, however i have attached the full report for your eyes and your files.

Hydraulic fracking explained in 2 Minutes: Please watch this video. a short 2 minute video that explains fracturing and the leaking of chemicals through rock and shale into water basins.

Mr O’Farrell your complete lack of regard for your constituents is quite hard to swallow. You have allowed CSG exploration to take place with No Community Consultation, coupled with the Propagandist advertisements on Television claiming that CSG is Environmentally Sustainable and Clean are without merit, a complete lie and an insult to my intelligence as an Educated citizen of Australia.

Your draconian draft guidelines on Windfarming are also hard to digest. Setting a limit of 35dBa in NSW whereas in Victoria, South Australia and NZ the limit is standard 40dBa, and in the USA and Netherlands its 50dBa. The new outdoor standard would be quieter than the noise level that would be experienced in a library.   Sir, i think you have a bit of a problem on your hand, i am of the opinion that you are biased to Wind Farms and in bed with the Mining Companies.

I call on the NSW Government to initiate IMMEDIATE Community Consultation in the Local Blacktown LGA and Surrounding Districts Both North, South, East & West of Prospect Reservoir and all area’s it feeds.

Mr O’Farrell may i remind you that as a Public Servant, you work for your citizens and constituents and not the Mining Corporations.

I look forward to your response on this matter.
-Signed by Me
-AussieActivist