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

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6.5 Northern Rivers community actions and groups in response to CSG development

The Northern Rivers community have expressed strong opposition and concern about the development of CSG in the region.

Since the birth of the Keerong Gas Squad in 2010 growing awareness of the negative impacts from CSG has led to an uprising of community groups against CSG development.

There are now over 20 local anti CSG groups in the area including Kyogle Group Against Gas, Gasbusters (a non violent direct action group based in Lismore), Rock Valley Gas Rangers, Mid-Clarence Group Against Gas and many more. These groups are working together with the nationwide Lock the Gate group and CSG Free Northern Rivers, a regional group.

The efforts from these groups have forged such events as the Rock the Gate Rally, Rock the Gate Movie and Rock the Gate the Musical (CSG Free Northern Rivers, 2012).

This campaign has created the CSG Free Roads initiative using door to door community surveys to determine the community stance on CSG followed by a formal declaration to the Mayor that the road is CSG Free and protected by community action.

There is ongoing continuum of events and campaign initiatives within the region and more information can be found on websites such as www.lockthegate.org.au and www.csgfreenorthernrivers.org.au  (CSG Free Northern Rivers, 2012)..

 

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