Behind The Facade Of Captain Bligh’s Fifth ColumnGas mining corporations chasing huge export dollars have been rubber- stamped by federal and state governments to forge ahead with few credible environmental impact studies to allay public fear of permanent environmental damage.
Geologist John Polgaze, at the request of Councilor Bevan O’Reagan, spoke to Narrabri Shire Council on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, about concerns with mining in the shire and it’s partially disclosed ramifications of potential damage not only to the artesian water basin but other possible seismic interference that could affect the natural harmony of our planet.
Surat in south west Queensland is sitting atop the Great Artesian water aquifer. Foreign-owned gas companies are drilling into this precious water resource with bore holes sometimes 700 metres apart. More State Government Government concessions have been granted to sink another 40,000 wells throughout the Surat Basin. Further north the Roma section has been granted an additional 15,000 wells saturating the surface of one of Australia’s most productive cattle and cropping areas.
Coal Seam Gas extraction requires high pressure water fracturing of the subterranean coal beds. Recent independent studies and testing in southern Queensland proved hydraulic leakage of salt water occurs from the coal seams into the fresh water aquifer.
To extract the gas, hole is drilled into the coal seam 100 – 1500 meters below ground. As the pressure within the coal seam declines due to the intrusion of the coal bed, both gas and coal seam water rise to the surface up the bore casing. From there the gas is separated and piped to a compressor station then into natural gas pipelines that lead to the new $3 billion AGL Liquefied Natural Gas export facility at Port Curtis near Gladstone. The unwanted coal seam water is either reinjected into isolated formations or sent to surface evaporation ponds. The water typically contains dissolved solids such as sodium bicarbonate and high concentrations of sodium chloride.
Gas companies issued with permits are Origin Energy, Eastern Star Gas, Santos, Hallibut and Arrow Energy(now Royal Dutch Shell) are amongst the major players.
Similar experiences in US
The USA has reported 26 river systems irrevocably damaged by Coal Seam Gas extraction. There exists world-wide almost no credible long-term scientific research into CSG extraction which independent research has shown to be detrimental to the environment and the planet.
Here are pictures from the video “GASLAND” that shows a man igniting water running out of a tap on the bathroom hand basin.
Compulsory viewing this trailer of “GASLAND” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZe1AeH0Qz8
Queensland recently amended and strengthened mining legislation, some say, to the benefit of gas companies. Under the dictatorship of ALP Premier Captain Anna Bligh the new laws were introduced as a Christmas present to the people of that state.
There is no recourse if land owners choose not to allow these gas corporations access to their property to create mayhem.
Land owners have 50 days grace to let the drillers in or go to jail.
After 37 years of unlawful Constitutional chicanery, beginning with Fabius Maximus Whitlam the political party duopoly has created the fascist state where centuries of fee simple land ownership is now able to be ignored by the courts.(see story ‘Privy Council’ this issue)
“Wakey Wakey, Australian citizens YOU are now mere serfs”.Eastern Star Gas has brought some 30 hectares on Kooragang Island located in the Hunter River district of New South Wales to site a deep water port for the export of coal. The company also is building a pipe line to the island from their gas wells in the northern for exporting Liquefied Natural Gas.
In 2007, 84.8 million metric tons of coal was exported from the port, making it one of the busiest in the world. The newly constructed Sandgate Flyover will allow the port to export 140 million tons of coal a year after 2010.