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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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The following media release by Greens NSW spokesman on mining, Jeremy Buckingham is reprinted in full

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

2 October 2013 - The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham called on the O’Farrell Government to honour its promise not to allow coal seam gas within 2km of residential areas and reject a proposal lodged by AGL yesterday to frack four coal seam gas wells in the Gloucester Valley.

AGL lodged a ‘Fracture Stimulation Management Plan’ to frack four wells in the Gloucester Valley in the first fracking operation proposed since the government lifted its moratorium on fracking.

The coal seam gas wells are only 300 metres from homes at Forbesdale, near Gloucester.

“This proposal breaches Barry O’Farrell’s promise to stop fracking and drilling within 2km of residential areas and the government should reject this plan and tell AGL to keep more than 2 kilometres away from people’s homes,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“All citizens of NSW, including the people of the Gloucester Valley deserve the protection that Barry O’Farrell promised in February this year with the 2 kilometre buffer zone between coal seam gas and homes.

“The Greens are concerned about the use of chemicals in the fracking process which AGL admits ‘may present a risk to human health and the environment should they be released directly to an environment where exposure may occur’. (p.97)

“The Greens are also concerned about potential to contaminate underground and surface water, such as the Manning River.

“Emissions from these four wells are estimated by AGL to be 65,000 tonnes of CO2e. That’s the equivalent of 13,000 cars driving around for a year. Venting and flaring will also release volatile organic compounds, which are a concern for human health.

“This is not a clean energy, it is not appropriate to frack coal seam gas near people’s homes and the government should reject this application,” he said.


 

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