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?


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

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.

Coal seam gas mining costs farmers millions, CSIRO study finds

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.

Key points:

  • 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