A crash course in CSG’s courtship of farmers: @Thom_Mitchell reports from #Pilliga #leardblockade






“IF the people of Narrabri think they’re going on a date with the handsome new stranger in town, they’re going to go home and find they’ve been raped,” president of People for the Plains, Hugh Barrett, said as we strained to hear. Hugh was giving an interview to ABC radio Tamworth. He was referring to […]






Show us the #CSG data on health and wellbeing: Mark Doyle reports






By Mark Doyle What are the risks of coal seam gas mining on the health and wellbeing of people and their communities? I am a facts and figures kind of person. When people claim health benefits for coffee or chocolate, or health risks from eating saturated fats, my response is, ‘show me the data!’ Such […]






An uneasy truce: Sally MacKinnon reports






  By Sally MacKinnon I live on top of a mountain on the edge of Lamington National Park, the largest protected subtropical rainforest in the world. It is on the eastern edge of the Scenic Rim region, a Local Government Area (LGA) in south-east Queensland covering 4256 square kilometres. It is home to approximately 39,000 […]






#CSG showdown in Gloucester @1earthmedia reports






By Mark Anning reports from Gloucester, NSW The NSW Government is considering an application by giant gas company AGL to begin the controversial and risky process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, at Forbesdale, just south of Gloucester in the Manning Valley NSW – less than 300 metres from the nearest family home and less than 600 […]






A fair go – the right to say ‘no’: Phil Laird reports






  By Phil Laird Weeks of rumours that peak industry bodies were providing input into the proposed amendments to the Petroleum (Onshore) Act, regarding access agreements and permits, finally found their way into social media. The Act has had amendments proposed, the most controversial of which are about access to land for petroleum (read: unconventional […]






#CSG: Conspiracies, mouthpieces and independence: Mark Anning @1earthmedia reports






By Mark Anning On 28 July 2013, the oil and gas industry peak body – Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) – issued a press release, stating: “The recent coal seam gas episode of ABC 2’s Shitsville Express was a pleasant surprise – a balanced piece of reporting on coal seam gas.” Shitsville Express […]






Lobbyists and public commentary: Reith in the spotlight – Mark Anning @1EarthMedia reports






By Mark Anning It was interesting to see the opinion piece written by Peter Reith for The Drum – Fracking scare campaigns threaten our prosperity – especially considering Reith is a paid political lobbyist and chairman of the Victorian Government’s task force on the eastern gas market. “The public debate is soon mired in myriad false claims, partly […]






Same state, different rules: Penny Blatchford @NoCSGGurley asks why some people in NSW get special treatment?






By Penny Blatchford Most Australians enjoy the freedom to make choices about their lives – whom we marry, if we will have children, where we live and where we work. It would seem for people like me who choose to marry a farmer, have a family, live on the farm and make that farm our […]






Black Rain: Waiting for results in Tara – Rob Rimmer reports






By Rob Rimmer On August 2, 2013 Western Downs resident Steve Ansford made a complaint to Origin Energy’s local office at Chinchilla regarding mysterious environmental and health impacts occurring on his property at Upper Humbug Road, near Tara in Queensland. For the second day running, southerly winds appeared to have brought an overnight shower: drops […]






Shortage of facts, not a shortage of gas: Errol Brandt @e2mq173 reports






 By Errol Brandt When New South Wales Premier Barrier O’Farrell was advised to avoid using ‘certain words’, it was a clear indication that debate around coal seam gas is no longer about facts.  It seems that politicians are trying as hard as possible to develop CSG in NSW without angering the electorate. The Premier’s advice suggested […]