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Bowen group calls for rigorous investigation into proposed Coal Seam Gas industry

Monday, January 31st, 2011

A Bowen community-based organisation is appealing to the public to support the call for a balanced and rigorous investigation into the emerging local coal seam gas industry. The group – Residents Action Association (RAA) – has screened the compelling and award winning film Gaslands to packed audiences at Bowen and Collinsville after concerns of water table… Read More

Big Gas to exploit Queensland’s need for disaster relief revenue

Sunday, January 30th, 2011
Heard of Coal Seam Gas ... sounds a decidedly dull topic, right? Well, Queenslanders, sit up FAST! While Queensland is still reeling from severe flooding, plans for a local ‘Gasland’ (Josh Fox's documentary title) are about to unfold RIGHT HERE. Oil Giant Santos has struck while the iron is conveniently hot to capitalise on the $16 billion CSG… Read More

Greens join call for judicial inquiry into Queensland floods

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
The Queensland Greens are supporting the call for a judicial inquiry into the handling of the Queensland floods as long as the inquiry has appropriately wide terms of reference. Greens spokesperson Dr Libby Connors said her party would want the inquiry to focus particularly on the issue of planning for strategic river catchments and floodplains and how this could best take account of the uncertainties presented by climate change. “We are not suggesting an inquiry is needed because of mismanagement by the State Government or its various bodies,” Dr Connors said. “By and large Queensland agencies seem to have responded well to the crisis… Read More

The Role of Global Warming

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

After the hottest and wettest year in recorded history, the seas off northern Australia are also currently warmer than ever before. This heat has led to increased evaporation and so, rainfall. Sceptics and defenders of the coal industry may dispute this scientific data, but they don't. Instead, they are arguing that there should be no debate - not, at… Read More

Methane from ‘natural’ gas-fired power plants means they are no cleaner than coal-fired plants

Monday, January 17th, 2011

The US EPA has recently re-assessed the percentage (%) of natural gas (mostly methane) that leaks industrially. According to David Lewis in an article entitled “EPA confirms natural gas leakage rates” (The Energy… Read More

Coal barons should help pay for climate catastrophes

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

The full tax on excess profits by the coal mining industry, as recommended by Treasury, should be imposed with half set aside for future natural catastrophes in Australia, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today. "It is unfair that the cost is put on all taxpayers, not the culprits," Senator Brown said. "Burning coal is a major cause of global… Read More

Queensland Country Life calls for more testing before CSG approval

Monday, January 10th, 2011
Queensland Country Life - that bastion of radical thought - has just published an article in which federal and state water experts are calling for more testing before the $35 billion coal seam gas industry gets the go-ahead in Queensland… Read More

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