Wandoan – thriving or dying? Either way, a new name is in town @AnnieKia reports

By @AnnieKia It took a while for me to realise what ‘unconventional gas’ meant. When I heard Metgasco wanted to extract gas at Casino, I thought it would be a couple of gas wells. Then I saw saw the Gaslands documentary – and the aerial photo of the Tara gasfield in southern Queensland. Unconventional gas mining involves getting gas from hard-to-get places, such as coal seams, shale or tight sands strata. It can only be achieved using technologies best described as invasive, both above and below ground. My ‘dawning’ process was accompanied by dread. As a citizen, I knew I had a responsibility to make an effort to understand these new technologies. I […]

CSG: something for everyone @molessarah reports

By Sarah Moles I’m not directly affected by unconventional gas development. The nearest wells are 2 or 3 hours drive from my home, on some of the finest farming land in the world. I’ve been a greenie for about 20 years. Whether it is in creeks or lakes or rivers or wetlands or even under the ground, water is my thing. It pushes all my buttons. As far as we know, life without it is impossible. So it’s worth fighting for. My groundwater education began in 2006 when I was appointed to the Qld Great Arteisan Basin Advisory Council (QGABAC). And it was at that table that the unconventional gas […]