Thursday, March 22, 2012

Coal seam gas tenements in Brisbane suburbs

Media: Coal seam gas tenements in Brisbane suburbs - Lock the Gate News

I just found this story on the LOCK THE GATE WEBSITE written by Drew Hutton, president of the Alliance on March 19th. Its worth noting that this information is not being publicly released through any mainstream media source that I know of at this time.

Quoted from the website:

A large coal seam gas exploration permit has been granted over a large part of Brisbane's western suburbs.
The permit, known as EPP641 is owned by BNG Pty Ltd which is a subsidiary of the large CSG company, Arrow which is, in turn, owned 50-50 by the multi-national corporations, PetroChina and Shell.
Suburbs of Brisbane covered by the EPP include Moggill, Pullenvale, Karana Downs and Brookfield and the tenement comes within a kilometre or so of the Kenmore shopping centre.
Lock the Gate Alliance president, Drew Hutton, said it should come as no surprise that resource companies would look for coal or gas in metropolitan areas.
"Dart Energy, also owned by PetroChina and Shell, is drilling in the inner suburbs of Sydney, there are coal seam gas EPPs over Toowoomba, the Acland coal mine expansion has taken out the town of Acland and there are coal exploration permits over parts of Maryborough," Mr Hutton said.
"These companies don't like to acknowledge limits and the state government is reluctant to impose them on resource companies.
"For example, Arrow's recently-completed environmental impact statement allows for coal seam gas wells to be placed within 200 metres of someone's house.
"Anyone living in Brisbane who thinks they are necessarily removed from the risks of high-impact resource extraction near them should think again," Mr Hutton said.

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When I googled this story there was mention of this being a ten year old permit, with no intention of mining going ahead in this area. It seems those statements are trucked out time and again, only to see the go-ahead of development afterwards. You can be sure the Alliance is tracking things very closely as all across the country and around the world people are talking about fracking and lack of community consultation. Despite all denials of intention the companies move in and things are under way before communities can do much!

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This comes from the website for Coal Gas Seam News:
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1 comment:

Sophie Munns said...

Thanks you to everyone who has been visiting this blog in the last week or two and reading about this local issue which is actually a universal issue... many have written to say they are dealing with similar in their communities around the wold!
All your efforts to share this story have been hugely appreciated!

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