A recent report published in the International Journal of Environmental Studies has found that circulatory and respiratory diseases in Darling Downs communities have skyrocketed since the arrival coal seam gas mining, and points to significant failures in regulation.
A surge in demand for LNG in China is dragging gas prices upward, which spells trouble for the government's effort to keep a lid on domestic prices.
Gas companies should be careful - the Prime Minister really will use a gas reservation. He will, you know! Don't try him! And what does the competition regulator think of all this?
Once feared by governments, mining multinationals are now discovering that the growing hostility to neoliberalism has left them exposed.
Australia's gas companies have forced Malcolm Turnbull to impose export regulation on them. And all of us who backed liberalisation of energy markets have to accept we were wrong.
Less than two months into the new NT Labor government, the controversial issue of fracking is threatening the party's newfound unity, writes Labor insider Ben Chiefly.
No one disputes that there is a lot of shale gas in the Cooper Basin -- but with falling oil prices, it might not be worth the cost of bringing it to the surface.
"Hoping to be able to meet overseas demands is not a strategy," the NSW Energy Minister says. The gas market is distorted and in desperate need of reform. Crikey concludes its special investigation.