800 salt water spills onto North Dakota land in a decade

Crews dig at a spill site where a leak from a four-inch pipeline spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater brine near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, North Dakota on Jan. 12, 2015.Zack Nelson / Williston Herald via AP file

NBC reports on how farm land is suffering the consequences of the oil and gas boom in North Dakota: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/salting-earth-north-dakota-farmers-struggle-toxic-byproduct-oil-boom-n895771

Gas processing plant threatens family farm in Ohio

The Rockenhausers’ son, Little Pete, in front of the drainage pipe constructed by the energy company next door. The pipe directs runoff from the construction site onto the Rockenhausers’ farmland. (Source: Belt Magazine)

“Belt Magazine” reports on a major gas processing plant being built adjacent to a young family’s three-generation farm, describing the impact on their farm.

In the US, infrastructure such as this central delivery point – including gas dehydration units, compressor stations and processing plants – is an essential part of the industry and comes together with the drilling pads, and all the associated pipeline networks between them.

Boom and bust fracking – a cautionary tale from Australia

With bust following the boom, many houses and pools now lie abandoned

Farmers from New South Wales in Australia tour neighbouring Queensland to find out what impact shale gas and coal seam gas extraction has had on the local economy. Did the promised prosperity materialise?

Read more at http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/mining/miles-the-coal-seam-ghost-town/news-story/3923c38654f0ab9e3e4ed703d1de2d52#.avnpb

Call for more regional opinion on fracking

Australian landowners call for more public meetings on fracking

Dandaragan farmer David Cook has called for the Western Australia Fracking Inquiry panel to visit his region and hear from the people whose lives will be directly impacted by the fracking industry.

 “We are the ones whose lives, water, health and livelihoods will be turned upside down if this industry is allowed to proceed in the Mid West”. More details at https://thewest.com.au/countryman/news/call-for-more-regional-opinion-on-fracking-ng-b88673028z

Aussie farmers blockade gas pipeline workers

Farmers do not want pipeline surveyors on their land and have made it clear from the outset they consider a gas pipeline inappropriate land use in the Pilliga

Police negotiated the release of workers associated with the pipeline’s proponent APA, who were holed up on a private property, after farmers had formed a human picket line. Farmers were concerned the workers were carrying no identifying documents.