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Dandelion Salad

Dandelion Salad

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 Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
March 9, 2014

DSCN2481-1 Image by ProgressOhio via Flickr

The oil and gas industry, the nation’s chambers of commerce, and politicians who are dependent upon campaign contributions from the industry and the chambers, claim fracking is safe.

First, close your mind to the myriad scientific studies that show the health effects from fracking.

Close your mind to the well-documented evidence of the environmental impact.

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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.

Tara Queensland
Effects of Coal Seam Gas on a local family.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-29/jakarta-sinks-as-water-supplies-dry-up/4447022

Related Story: Indonesia climate efforts surpass Australia
Map: Indonesia

Experts in Indonesia are preparing to build a huge wall to stop the ocean from swamping parts of Jakarta.

Some suburbs in the capital already go underwater when there is a big tide but the problem is expected to get even worse.

Jakarta is sinking by up to 10 centimetres a year and Indonesia’s national disaster centre says with oceans rising, large parts of the city, including the airport, will be inundated by 2030.

Flooding and high tides are already causing problems for some residents in the city of 10 million people.

Kartoyo’s roadside food stall is swimming in about 30 centimetres of water.

“It has been easier,” he said.

“This kind of flood is manageable but hopefully it won’t get higher.”

“The people here before, they couldn’t even go to the market because of the flood and the children couldn’t go to school.”

In 2009 the council built a small sea wall, but the ocean still pushes its way up through the drains and into homes.

But while some suburbs still go under and the roads are rivers, residents across town have the opposite problem.
Audio: Listen to George Roberts’ report (AM)

Juriah lives next to a new development, one of the many pushing skywards as Indonesia’s economy booms, but the water supply to her suburb has disappeared.

“Because the development project next door sucks up all the water, the water stopped since the project started – about three months ago. That’s what caused it I think,” she said.

“I use a small water pump, and no water flows.

“In the beginning there was a little water but in the end it just stopped.”
‘Extensive flooding’

As developers suck up the watertable it dries out and the city slumps into the empty cavity.

“From our observations, since the 1960s the ground water has declined around 30 metres,” the head of water resources at Indonesia’s energy and mineral resources ministry, Dodid Murdohardono, said.

“The decline of ground water causes pressure in the groundwater lining and that’s why Jakarta is sinking.”

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, an expert hydrologist with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, says if the problem is not remedied, it could have massive consequences.

“If this continues, the area will have permanent flooding will increase especially with the additional increase of sea level in Jakarta Bay or the Java Sea, which is around seven millimetres per year,” he said.

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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

Dandelion Salad

Dandelion Salad

http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com
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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