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An overview of possible impacts from coal seam gas development in Northern Rivers, New South Wales
by Elfian Schieren, 2012

Contents
1. Introduction
2. Energy and coal seam gas development
2.1 Economic viability underpinning coal seam gas development
2.2 Renewable, sustainable energy development
- Solar
- Wind
- Biogas
2.3 Coal seam gas development at a global scale
2.4 Coal seam gas development in Australia
3 Coal seam gas extraction process
- Drilling and dewatering
- Hydraulic Fracturing
- Produced Water
4 Risks to water resources from coal seam gas development
4.4 Ground water use
4.5 Water produced by coal seam gas
4.6 Contamination of Groundwater
5 Other Consequences of coal seam gas development
5.4 Impacts to agricultural production
5.5 Health impacts on humans and animals
5.6 Impacts on greenhouse gas emissions
5.7 Impacts on seismic activity
5.8 Economic impacts
5.9 Cumulative impacts
6 Potential for coal seam gas development in Northern Rivers, New South Wales
6.1 Northern Rivers Region
6.2 Using trade-offs and opportunity costs in evaluating CSG development
6.3 Prospects for development in Northern Rivers region
6.4 Energy development in Northern Rivers region
6.5 Northern Rivers community actions and groups in response to CSG development
7 Discussion
8 Conclusion
9 References

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Pacific Power
Hazzard - Hansard

Pacific Power History

AJ Lucas Capital Raising 2002

Allan Campbell AJ Lucas Chairman's Address 2002 - Sydney Water

ICAC Sydney Water 2011

State planning minister Tony Kelly

Chris Hartcher

Obeid

ICAC - Obeid

ICAC - MacDonald

ICAC finds corrupt conduct over Mount Penny

ICAC finds corrupt conduct in relation to Doyles Creek coal exploration licence

ICAC recommends tighter controls to minimise coal mining corruption

ICAC public inquiry concerning mining exploration licences

Hon Edward Obeid MLC Circular Quay retail leases

ICAC public inquiry into alleged corruption involving former ministers and MP in relation to mining exploration licences and other matters

ICAC - Hon Joe Tripodi MP
Minister for Energy and Minister for Ports and Waterways

ICAC report finds no substance to corruption allegations involving Michael McGurk and others

ICAC releases report on its investigation into the conduct of the Hon. J. Richard Face MP

ICAC recommends reforms to Part 3A of the NSW Planning legislation

ICAC reminds community leaders to help report corrupt conduct

ICAC recommends legislative changes to better manage lobbying

ICAC recommends reforms to Part 3A of the NSW Planning legislation

Gasfields Land & Water Commission
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NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer

NSW Planning Bill 2013

Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment (Public Interest) Bill 2013

Petroleum (Onshore) Amendment Bill 2013

NSW Land & Water Commission

NSW Irrigators

NSW Irrigators
Tour of Colorado

NSW Farmers

AGL Gloucester Milk Experiment
Is Fracking Produced Water Safe in Our Milk?

Gloucester stands up to corporate gas giant AGL

Gloucester Water Studies

MidCoast Water concerned at AGL's haste

2004 gas blow out 300m away in the same wells

Lies, damned lies, statistics
and AGL

AGL’s Gloucester ‘Produced Water’ Irrigation Trial
“A Sham and a Farce!”

CSG companies ignore water quality guidelines in irrigation reports

NoFibs Gloucester Showdown

Fracking near Gloucester homes under AGL’s latest coal seam gas plans

Federal member for Lyne
Dr David Gillespie

AGL buys up Hunter Valley vineyards

AGL versus
Environment Protection Agency 2013

A matter of trust: – letter to Gloucester Advocate

Rob Oakeshott's coal seam gas press releases
2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010
Water Trigger - Gloucester BioRegion - Hunter Valley health

2011 NSW Parliament
Inquiry into Coal Seam Gas

Affected Mid North Coast Councils

Upper Hunter Shire Council

Thomas Davey, Tourism Advancing Gloucester

MidCoast Water

New South Wales Farmers Associations Dairy Committee

Bruce Robertson,
Beef cattle farmer

Steven Robinson, Psychiatrist

Barrington-Gloucester-Stroud Preservation Alliance

Manning Alliance
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NSW Planning Bill 2013

Petroleum (Onshore) Amendment Bill 2013

New South Wales Irrigators Council

 

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An overview of possible impacts from coal seam gas development in Northern Rivers, New South Wales

Integrated Project by Elfian Schieren, 2012

2.3 Coal seam gas development at a global scale

International gas prices and technological advancements are prompting many countries to explore coal seam gas as a greener energy alternative and cheap fuel source.

Natural gas contributes 23.5% of total global energy consumption and is expected to increase to 26.32% by 2030 (Global Investment House, 2006).

There has been increase in the demand for Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) especially in European and Asian mega cities which are trying to switch to cleaner fuels.

GTL is most suited for the transportation fuels market giving it the advantage over renewable energies which are not as viable for export (Global Investment House, 2006).

There are currently around 12 GTL exporting countries (Figure 2) including Russia, South America, Egypt, Norway, Equatorial Guinea, America and Australia (Global Investment House, 2006). Coal seam gas is considered a prime export resource for 8

GTL in Australia and many other GTL producing countries.

Figure 2 shows the volumes of natural gas produced worldwide by each country showing that Australia is a significant producer of natural gas on the global market.

Since 2004, demand for coal seam gas has increased by 164% largely driven by strong demand from Asia and the global push for new energy sources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (SMI CCSG, 2011).

Figure 2. World map of gas production by country

 http://geology.com/oil-and-gas/natural-gas-production-map/

 

 

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