Coal Seam Gas

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Calls for Council to dig in against coal mining

SOUTH Gippsland Shire residents concerned about the possibility of mining on their doorstep are asking Council to take a stronger stand against coal and coal seam gas exploration and mining. […]

Voices from the Gas Fields – an important documentary

If you want to know more about the impacts of Coal Seam Gas on farmers and the health and wellbeing of communities, then this is a powerful new You Tube […]

State Inquiry into Unconventional Gas gets underway

Friends of the Earth media release. May 7, 2015 Friends of the Earth has welcomed the announcement of the process and timelines for the state inquiry into unconventional gas. “The […]

New documentary: Fractured Country – an unconventional invasion

This powerful new 40 minute documentary from the Lock the Gate Alliance highlights the risks to communities from invasive gasfields. Watch the You Tube film here.

Regional Wellbeing Survey

The University of Canberra is conducting a research survey which includes questions on mining and Coal Seam Gas. You can submit a short, a medium length or a 50 minute […]

Map of mining reveals much

COMMUNITIES across the state can now locate mining and exploration activities in their regions quickly and easily, with the Victorian Government’s launch this week of the ‘Mining Licences Near Me’ […]

MLA advises on Coal Seam Gas

The Meat and Livestock Authority (MLA) has commissioned independent research into the mining of Coal Seam Gas on livestock properties, and has issued advice to farmers about the potential pifalls of unwittingly […]

Last chance to have your say on ‘unconventional gas’

Last week the government announced a further 6 community consultation sessions at ‘interesting’ locations, as most are not under a licence or even close to one.  The Foster Community Association […]

Ongoing consultation on gas proposals

REGIONAL communities across Victoria have welcomed the opportunity to give their views on the possible introduction of an onshore gas industry in this state. More than 600 people attended community […]

Anti-mining Bishop John McIntyre has died

The Gippsland Bishop who spoke out against the mining of Coal and Coal Seam gas died on June 6, aged 62.  Below is an article in which he expresses his […]

Can’t sell, can’t insure in a gasfield

May 13, 2014, Echonet Daily A detailed report by the NSW Valuer General suggests that a mature coal seam gas (CSG) industry may reduce property values. And a northern rivers property […]

Coal Seam Gas Consultation Sessions announced

The State Government has announced the start of it’s much anticipated community engagement program that will include a range of activities including open days and meetings with community groups, local […]

Jury awards Texas family nearly $3 million in fracking case

A family says fracking and other drilling by Aruba Petroleum near their ranch created severe health problems. The civil jury verdict may be the first of its kind in a […]

Farmers joining environmental movement in their fight against mining

The unlikely alliance and Lock the Gate movement send a challenge to the major parties and their “vested interests” • Gabrielle Chan.  theguardian.com, Thursday 10 April 2014 17.30 AEST There […]

Harvard fracking study rings methane alarm bells in Australia

The following article appeared in THE AGE, November 27, 2013 Peter Hannam, Environment Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald Australia’s coal seam gas industry has rejected a peer-reviewed report that suggests […]

CSG moratorium extended

VICTORIA’S moratorium on coal seam gas fracking will continue until at least July 2015. This article is courtesy of The Weekly Times. Premier Denis Napthine made the announcement while releasing […]

New research: fracking “a serious risk to livestock”

  Fracking sparks food safety concern as expert warns of serious risk to livestock The UKs Independent newspaper (17 September 2013), featured an article in which a British professor warns that the gas […]

Two new films on Coal and Coal Seam Gas in Foster

Two groundbreaking new documentaries by Lock the Gate Alliance will be screened in the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre at 2pm on Sunday, September 29. The 35-minute films,  ‘Fractured Country, […]

Farmers Against Fracking take their message to Melbourne

HUNDREDS of Gippslanders descended on Melbourne last Sunday to voice their concerns about the threat posed by coal and gas mining to prime agricultural land. Rallying under the banner ‘Farmers […]

Victorian Government Ignores CSG Concerns

Victoria’s Gippsland region is the latest flashpoint in the pitched battle to save Australia’s farmland from controversial fracking. Tracey Anton (article) and deputy editor Sandi Keane (video) report. Click here […]

Communities taking their Anti Gas Mining message to Melbourne

On  August 18 communities around Gippsland are joining together at the City Square in Melbourne to tell the Government and the people of Melbourne that they simply don’t want to […]

Author explores the ‘human cost’ of coal and coal seam gas mining

New South Wales based author Sharyn Munroe says the current boom in coal and coal seam gas mining is a ‘national tragedy.’ She was in Gippsland to promote her new […]

CSG industry wants to woo us

Friends of the Earth media release June 21, 2013 APPEA ‘charm offensive’ hits Victoria The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) has launched its long awaited ‘charm offensive’ in […]

David Letterman on fracking

See what David Letterman has to say on the issue of fracking.

‘Gippsland is Precious’ documentary

For over 100 years Gippsland has been the beef and dairy heartland of Victoria, producing 23% of Australia’s milk as well as some of the best beef in the country. […]

Damning evidence on health impacts of coal & coal seam gas

A new doctors’ report reveals worrying evidence of likely health impacts from Australian coal and coal seam gas projects. Doctors have released a damning report about the potential health effects […]

Coal Seam Gas

What would you do if coal seam gas companies turned up and said they wanted to drill and frack in your area, your lucky chance to be part of an […]

Fracking to start in Victoria soon – unless we act now!

This update was received today from Friends of the Earth In 2012, community concern about the threat of new coal and gas operations, especially coal seam gas (CSG), pushed the […]

Another unconventional gas company suspends activities

Another unconventional gas company, DART Energy, is suspending all field operations in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It follows the recent withdrawal of another coal seam gas (CSG) […]

Have your say on coal seam gas

DEPUTY Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan is encouraging the people of Gippsland to make their views known on coal seam gas. In December, Victorian Minister for Energy […]

Dangers of Fracking

Fracking illustration

This website by Linda Dong is an excellent visual tool to easily understand what impact Hydraulic Fracturing has on the environment. It uses US statistics and references but the impacts […]

The future use of Gippsland’s energy resources – panel discussions

Regional Development Australia (Gippsland) recently staged panel discussions on the future of Gippsland’s energy resources. Hosted by media personality James O’Loghlin and Regional Development Australia Gippsland, it was a forum for the […]

Politicians argue over coal seam gas

DEPUTY Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan has come out swinging against Labor’s Matt Viney and his suggestion that the Nationals are not acting in the best interests […]

Government gets tough on coal seam gas

THE State Government has announced tough new reforms to further safeguard the interests of communities, the environment and food production in the exploration for coal seam gas. Deputy Premier and […]

Bimblebox first rural screening in Leongatha

Lock The Gate Gippsland will be hosting the first official screening of Bimblebox in rural Victoria (at Leongatha) after it hits the Melbourne International Film Festival. The night will be […]

VFF to host mining and coal seam gas forums for farmers

THE Victorian Farmers’ Federation (VFF) will host forums in Sale tomorrow and Wonthaggi next Thursday to answer producers’ questions about mining and coal seam gas (CSG). The forums are designed […]

Sample letter to oppose open cut coal mining exploration at Mirboo North

This letter has been provided Friends of the Earth for people who wish to object to the prospect of open cut coal mine opening at Mirboo North. Adapt and send […]

CSG: What about the water?

Here’s an interview with Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith, Senior Advisor to the National Toxics Network and co-chair of the International POPS Network (Persistent Organic Pollutants), who digs into the chemicals that are […]

The Coal Seam Gas Song

This is a terrific song worth sharing About the Coal Seam Gas Song written and recorded by The Chooks… We live in the Northern Rivers of NSW where the Lions […]

Council urged to reject coal exploration licence at Mirboo North

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Councillor David Lewis will move a motion at today’s council meeting calling for the council to lodge a written objection to the granting of a mining exploration […]