Jan 30, 2013

Can farmers live with CSG? The war over co-existence

Miners say they can now safely extract coal seam gas from cropping land in Queensland and NSW. But farmers fear disrupting precious aquifers will ruin food production, writes Crikey intern Sandi Keane.

Can farmers and coal seam gas miners live together? It’s that question on which Australia’s emerging $13.2 billion CSG export market may hinge.

A pitched battle has raged between farmers and miners over regions in Queensland and New South Wales rich in both food crops and gas wells. Miners are developing technology they say will make it safe to extract gas from cropping land.

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One thought on “Can farmers live with CSG? The war over co-existence

  1. Mark Duffett

    Why ‘tomorrow, the politics of the CSG debate’? Wouldn’t a far more useful and interesting contribution be to examine the validity of “fresh ground water…will be depleted” “aquifer depletion and subsidence from…fracking” and “if you start putting roads and pipes in, it will upset the surface flows along the plains and everything will get washed away” fears?

    This the sort of sterile ‘debate’ that leads to poor decision-making, arising from a scientifically illiterate populace. I hope an examination of the hydrogeological issues will follow very shortly.

    In a different vein, I have to admit that “farmers…ploughing the delicate vertisol soil of the floodplains…are cutting-edge, using groundbreaking technology” is one of the funniest things I’ve read in Crikey for a long time 😉

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