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

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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Anthony Roberts MP for Lane Cove

Energy minister Anthony Roberts was forced to issue a statement on Monday afternoon, 28 April 2014 after it emerged in an ICAC hearing that he had accompanied Mr Hartcher on a 2007 trip to Queensland’s Whitsundays aboard Nabil Gazal’s luxury yacht, Octavia.

‘I paid my own airfares and costs associated with my attendance,’ Mr Roberts said.

‘For these reasons, I understood at the time that I did not need to make a disclosure on my pecuniary interests register … I held no shadow portfolio responsibilities at the time.’

Developers buy access to Minister Anthony Roberts

Minister for Resources and Energy Anthony RobertsSeptember 2, 2012 SMH A State Government minister, Anthony Roberts, hosted lunches at Parliament House with prominent western Sydney property developers who had each bid $2000 for access to him.

Property developers have been banned from making political donations in NSW since 2010. The businessmen who wrote cheques at a Liberal Party fund-raiser in April include Vic Cavasinni, the multi-millionaire owner of Cavasinni Constructions and Beechwood Homes, David Masterton of Masterton Homes and Peter Fowler of Fowler Homes, based at Wetherill Park.

The Liberal Party insisted yesterday that the cheques paid had not been cashed after suspicion that laws around property developer donations would be breached. Nevertheless, the party confirmed that the lunches with Mr Roberts, the Fair Trading Minister, had been auctioned at a fund-raiser, that cheques were accepted and the meetings went ahead.

Details of the lunches will be an embarrassment for the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, who has tried to distance his government from the era of commercial sleaze associated with Labor and the property developer fraternity. It will also heap more pressure on Mr Roberts, who was recently rebuked by the Premier who said ''wannabe Joe Tripodis'' had no place in his government.

Mr Roberts is also embroiled in claims he verbally assaulted a female staff member, causing her ''severe psychological trauma''.

Greens condemn Minister Roberts for spouting CSG industry lies

17 February 2014 MEDIA RELEASE -

The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today condemned NSW Minister for Resources Anthony Roberts for running a scare campaign based on industry lies to justify turning NSW into a toxic gas field.

“The idea that NSW must industrialize our agricultural land and threaten our water resources in response to looming gas price hikes is simply not true,” Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said.

“The reason that the price of gas to Australian consumers is set to rise is because the government is rushing to export LNG and this is increasing demand and driving up prices.”

“I have made it clear on numerous occasions that as we transition to renewable energy we should reserve existing conventional gas resources from South Australia and the Bass Strait for domestic use.”

“Instead of allowing key farmland and environmental assets to be contaminated by coal seam gas drilling to feed overseas demand we should assess whether any exports are in the national interest.”

“Regardless of how quickly we drill for gas under the current regime we can expect domestic prices to reach export parity anyway, so why risk our land, water and climate?”

“The Minister today has shown his hand and it is clear that he plans to keep rolling out the same short sighted, self-interested lines that the gas industry peddles with little regard for the impact on communities.”

“We do not need coal seam gas and communities have made it clear that they do not want coal seam gas.”

“It’s about time this government listened to the farmers, scientists and economists who are calling for a just transition to a renewable energy future which builds regional NSW.”

The Greens at a national level are considering a policy response to gas price rises including a domestic gas reservation and national interest test.



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