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?
Farmers in the Pillage area of New South Wales contend that if the basin’s integrity was compromised so too would their ability to farm an area responsible for vast food production. More details at http://www.theland.com.au/story/5103095/showdown-looms-on-pilliga/
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.
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.
“The water is a lot more valuable because it’s a resource that can be there for generations, whereas the gas extraction is only a one-off opportunity to extract,” Victorian Farmers Federation president David Jochinke said.
A Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation study (CSIRO – Australia’s government agency for scientific research) has for the first time put a dollar figure on the losses to farmers due to coal seam gas (CSG) mining on their land.
- Sample area averages a loss of $2.17 million over 20 years
- Biggest cause of losses to agricultural production from gas industry access tracks, lease areas
George Bender was a landholder in the Chincilla district of Queensland. After 10 years of standing up for the rights of landholders against the invasion of the unconventional gas industry he flet there was nothing left for him. Attached is a court report by his family into the Australian Senate enquiry into coal seam gas and shale gas
Victoria is Australia’s top food and fibre producer with exports worth $11.6 billion. The Victoria government say that the permanent ban protects farmers and preserves Victoria’s hard-won reputation for producing high quality food.
Farmers in Australia can’t get insurance to cover contamination caused by the activities of the unconventional gas industry