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Aussies Against Fracking
Gloucester is awaiting the decision on whether AGL can start fracking 300m from family homes. AGL want to start fracking as soon as possible.
The Gloucester community, landholders,
farmers and townsfolk blockaded the AGL fracking site in 2011, demanding that
the company do an independent water study before commencing. Those studies are
still not done.
Despite an expensive public campaign by AGL that they are 'listening to the
community' the water study still hasn't been done, but AGL want to start
fracking in 2013.
The excerpt above is from the April 2013
AGL's Community Update Gloucester Gas Project
Independent groundwater expert, Dr Phillip Pells has repeatedly warned that the risks involved with the AGL Gloucester project are "too high" to the community and it's river system.
"My biggest issue with Gloucester is we don't know. We just don't know [what the effects of the program will be],'' Dr Pells says.
MidCoast Water have also expressed concerns that AGL want to start fracking Gloucester before adequate water studies have been finalised.
The Gloucester gas wells are "high risk wells because they are on a fault line" - John Ross,
Water scientist under the pump
Nov. 13, 2013 -
Gloucester Advocate - As the council-appointed, AGL-funded, scientist tasked
with carrying out key water studies in the next 18 months, there is no doubt
Kate Johnson will be feeling a little pressure.
Among the four significant tasks Kate will complete in the next year a half is a
baseline water study of the Gloucester valley, a produced water study and a
flood study of the Gloucester and Avon rivers.
She will also be required to peer review studies completed by AGL as it moves to
begin stage one of its Gloucester Gas Project.
The findings Kate comes up with during her tenure as the valley’s water
scientist are sure to be heavily scrutinised, not just by council and AGL, but
also by the Gloucester public and those who both support and oppose coal seam
Council’s Environment and Sustainability manager Graham Gardner says Ms
Johnson’s task is not without challenges.
While AGL has provided the funding for the position, council is the body that
will oversee each of the studies as well as the peer review.
“The community is obviously really keen to get good information on any impacts
to its precious water resources,” Mr Gardner said.
“For the past two to three years it’s what they’ve been calling out for.”
CALLS TO EXTEND CSG ACTIVITY BAN IN
CATCHMENT AREAS TO THE STATE
November 13, 2013 -
NBN - The New South Wales Irrigators Council
is calling on the state government to extend a moratorium on CSG activity in
Sydney’s drinking water catchments to a state-wide ban.
The temporary ban covers so-called ‘Special Areas’ of Sydney’s drinking water
catchments around Wollongong and the Blue Mountains National Park.
The moratorium has been mostly welcomed by the New South Wales Irrigators
Council, however CEO Andrew Gregson says it must be extended state-wide.
“If water catchments are important enough in Sydney for a moratorium, then
clearly it’s important statewide.”
Jack's Road December 2011
In Australia, the controversial coal seam
gas industry is developing rapidly, with the corporate gas giants using their
influence on governments to introduce sweeping changes to environmental and land
Unlike the USA, in Australia the 'Crown'
legally owns the natural resources regardless of land title deeds and
traditional land use. Each state government administers exploration and mining
licenses and collects royalties from the companies.
AGL Energy gained conditional
approval for 330 gas wells from the NSW government, but the approval was
challenged in the Land and Environment Court. A decision on the judicial appeal
Land title searches indicate AGL has five properties around Gloucester, but the
company could require more holdings if locals harden their resolve.
The chairman of the Barrington-Gloucester-Stroud Preservation Alliance, Graeme
Healy, says AGL is expected to begin negotiating land access agreements if the
court throws out the appeal. If this fails, AGL may have to purchase more land.
“They will be hoping to convince
people to grant them access by paying large rental fees,” Healy says.
The Australian Securities Exchange-listed Gloucester Coal owns about 30
properties in the area, according to its environmental assessment documents,
while Gloucester Resources owns another five.
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