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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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Barnaby Joyce yet to sell land next to coal seam gas exploration site

'Santos has told me they are not exploring for gas on my place – they are on the place next door,' says agriculture minister

8 January 2014 The Guardian - The agriculture minister, Barnaby Joyce, is yet to sell a property near Narrabri in New South Wales over which Santos holds coal seam gas exploration leases, but says the company has told him it intends to drill on the farm next door and not on his place.

Joyce bought his first property at Gwabegar in 2006 for $230,000 and added an adjoining parcel of land in 2008 for $342,000.

As Santos stepped up coal seam gas exploration he conceded the holdings raised conflict of interest concerns and last August he put the properties on the market.

But in his latest statement of pecuniary interests, the member for New England reveals he still holds the properties and adds a footnote “if exploration for gas proceeds on our place Yarranbindi it is on neighbouring PEL [petroleum exploration lease]”.

Eastern Star has explored for gas in the Pilliga forest, in which Gwabegar sits, since 2001.

Former Nationals leader John Anderson became chairman of that company in 2007. It was bought by Santos in 2011.

Joyce has always said he had no knowledge of the CSG potential of the area when he bought his land.

Santos got state and federal approval for drilling exploration wells in the Pilliga last year and believes the Pilliga development could supply 25% of NSW’s gas needs.
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