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Greens welcome belated commencement of ban on coal seam gas chemicals (BTEX)

August 8th, 2011

The Greens have welcome the belated commencement of the Queensland Government's 'ban' on BTEX, the carcinogenic chemical cocktail used in hydraulic fracturing during coal seam gas mining. "It's great to see such a… Read More

Greens welcome NSW coal seam gas inquiry

August 6th, 2011
Austinmer Beach, Sunday May 29, 2011
Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters has welcomed the announcement that the NSW Legislative Council will conduct an inquiry into the coal seam gas industry. “While the Queensland government has given the go-ahead for an unbridled stampede into the unknown, the NSW parliament will investigate the CSG industry’s… Read More

APPEA get it wrong again: We need a moratorium!

August 6th, 2011

Queensland Greens spokesperson, Dr Libby Connors, says that the Australian Association of Petroleum Producers and Explorers has been caught out using misleading spin in two media stories this morning and that the scientific uncertainty about aquifer and health data adds to the need for a moratorium on coal seam gas development in Queensland.… Read More

Greens call to put Reef ahead of mining profits

August 5th, 2011
Shen Neng 1 aground on the Great Barrier Reef
The federal government needs to put the Great Barrier Reef ahead of mining profits, following UNESCO's criticism of the Australian Government for approving liquefied natural gas processing on the doorstop of the Great Barrier Reef which could… Read More

Stop blaming the floods for dead marine life in Gladstone

July 25th, 2011

The Queensland Greens expressed scepticism today about the state government’s claim that the summer floods were to blame for the rising death toll of marine life in Gladstone harbour. Since April 40 turtles, 3 dolphin and 4 dugong have washed up dead on the shores of the harbour. Spokesperson… Read More

Qld Govt must follow NSW lead on extended CSG moratorium

July 25th, 2011

Premier Bligh should listen to her conservative counterpart in New South Wales if she wants to restore her popularity, according to the Queensland Greens. The Greens were responding to news that the New South Wales state government has now imposed a six month moratorium on fracturing in the coal seam gas industry in that state. ‘It is very clear that community anxiety… Read More

Physicians for Social Responsibility (US) – Coal’s assault on human health

July 20th, 2011

Coal pollutants affect all major body organ systems and contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the U.S.: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory diseases. This conclusion emerges from our reassessment of the widely recognized health threats from coal. Each step of the coal lifecycle—mining, transportation, washing, combustion,… Read More

Doctors for the Environment Australia’s submission regarding the impact of mining coal seam gas

July 20th, 2011
      Summary
  • Coal seam gas mining (CSG) may have adverse impacts on human health by contamination of drinking and agricultural-use water, and air. Contaminants of concern include many of the chemicals used for fracking, as well as toxic substances produced through this process and mobilised from the sedimentary regions drilled. Some of these compounds can produce… Read More

Resources Council and Greens find something to agree on

June 20th, 2011

The Queensland Greens agree with the scientific team commissioned by the Queensland Resources Council which found that the criteria for the state government’s Strategic Cropping Lands were not reliable but say they continue to support protection of agricultural lands. ‘Clearly protection of cropping land is going to come down to on the… Read More

Minister should do the health study before making claims about safety

June 7th, 2011
The Queensland Greens say that the results of the state government’s audit of gas wells is a little too convenient for the government and the gas companies. Mining minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, today released results from an audit of 2719 wells which showed 98% of well heads were not leaking.… Read More

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