Why are Farmers, Greenies, Alan Jones, Lady Gaga and the Beatles all coming together? because the Fossil Fuels industry has gone too far and this time the people are saying NO Join us!
France, South Africa and Bulgaria have banned it because the track record of the industry is ghastly, and the very concept of extracting toxic groundwater and then creating miniature earthquakes to cause gas to leak from underground coal seams connected with underground aquifers is simply a bad idea.
The damage caused by this industry in Australia already is unacceptable for example.
Numerous gas leaks including a bubbling river bore water holes spouting gas (in america kitchen taps).
Numerous health concerns including Nausea, vomiting, headaches, nosebleeds and rashes being largely ignored by government health officials.
Numerous examples of companies contaminating and polluting local areas with waste water.
Neurotoxins leaked into underground aquifers.
The damage done in the USA is much more extensive as the industry has been operating for longer there this is detailed in the horrifying but well-made movie Gas-lands and has resulted in http://artistsagainstfracking.com/ which includes big names like Lady Gaga, MGMT, The Beatles and hundreds of other well known artists coming out and saying no to fracking.
The population of Northern NSW is standing their ground with many councils declaring moratoriums and thousands of people attending protests. Great Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_T9mxfVgcs
9 Farmers chose to get ARRESTED to protect their community south of brisbane near beaudesert because the CSG company Arrow energy who claims underground aquifers will not be affected refused to do baseline testing because this would mean there would be evidence and they would be legally responsible if contanimation or depletion did eventuate as a result of CSG activities.
For more information see lockthegate.org.au
Your farm, your business and your lifestyle may be adversely changed - for decades. The experience of the majority of landholders who have dealt with CSG companies operating on their land has been overwhelmingly negative and greatly outweighed by any financial compensation. Read about the experiences of 4 farmers at http://justgroundsonline.com/group/propertyrightsaustralia/forum/topics/coal-seam-gas-notes-from-the
You, your family and your staff - and even your livestock - may be subjected to fumes and dust that could affect your health. Typical releases from gas wells include BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylene), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and polycyclic-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). All these substances affect the respiratory system. 25% are carcinogenic; 37% affect the endocrine system; 52% affect the nervous system and 40% affect the immune system. They can and do contaminate air, surface water and underground water systems. Heavy metals and other toxic compounds are also naturally present in coal seams and may be brought to the surface in waste water.
You may lose control of your business. Banks are already refusing business loans to owners of properties near gas fields. In Queensland, compensation is considered ‘off-farm income.'
Your property value may fall. Very few buyers are interested in property in, or close to, a gas field. Initial compensation agreements may seem fair and reasonable but may be changed without your knowledge or consent and with no discussion about increased payments. Any agreement you sign could bind all future owners of the property.
You may be subjected to unreasonable noise from hundreds of vehicle movements and heavy machinery operating around the clock, 7 days a week. Gas - well sites may be flood-lit at night. Many people find this makes it difficult or impossible to sleep. Together with the lack of respect for you, your family and your business, and the loss of privacy this can lead to a number of stress-related health conditions.
You may lose control of your day-to-day property management. Some of your land will be taken out of production. Each gas well requires a 1 hectare pad plus an all weather access road and pipes. You may also have a compressor, a saline water storage or evaporation pond and other infrastructure on your farm with little or no say on exactly where they are placed. Precision cropping and controlled traffic farming systems cannot co-exist with CSG developments.
Your most important asset - your soil - could be at risk of risk of permanent damage from salt or toxic chemicals. If saline associated water contacts your soil it will become useless for agriculture.
Your water will be at risk of contamination with toxic chemicals, regardless of whether or not you have a gas well on your property. This may be from the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, from the chemicals naturally present in coal seams, or even the gas itself. Some of these substances accumulate in the food chain. Whether you are a grain grower or livestock producer, the quality of your product will be at risk.
Your groundwater supply may diminished. Aquifers adjacent to coal seams, and shallower, alluvial groundwater connected to coal seams may be drawn down as the coal seam is depressurized to allow the gas to flow.
Your property could be at increased risk from the introduction of new weeds. OH&S issues could prevent you from undertaking weed control at the optimal time. Weed hygiene may be a condition of access but many landholders have found it is often overlooked. This will add to your production costs.