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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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Coalition changes environment protection laws

15 Nov 2013 - ABC - The Federal Government has introduced a bill that would make it harder to challenge Commonwealth environmental approvals in court.

In the lead-up to the election, it promised to streamline the environmental approval process for mines and other developments, and now it has revealed proposed changes to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation act.

It has proposed that federal environment ministers who fail to consider bio-conservation advice when they make approvals will no longer be exposed to legal action.

Ministers will still be required to consider relevant bio-conservation advice, but if they fail to do so, the decision will still be valid, and third parties will not be able to challenge approvals in court on that basis.

 

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