”THE company about to start coal seam gas drilling around southern Sydney and the Illawarra plans to use the controversial ”fracking” technique to mine directly beside Warragamba Dam, which holds much of the city’s drinking water.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, involves pumping a mixture of water, sand and chemicals deep underground to shatter rock strata and force coal seam gas to the surface, where it can be refined into natural gas for fuel.
The fracking process has raised serious environmental concerns centred on the impact of potentially toxic, rock-dissolving chemicals on underground water tables, and the disposal of big volumes of saline water pumped back to the surface.”
The gas industry says the process is long established in Australia and completely safe.
Leaked confidential company documents written for a Sydney gas drilling company, Apex Energy NL, detail plans to extract coal seam gas from old coalmines along the edge of Lake Burragorang, the reservoir at Warragamba Dam.
They have had months to develop this site, so it may be to late to halt the process. NSW like Qld & WA have been taken over by foreign miners, Companies hell bent on the rape of Australia Resorces, no care what harm they do to the populace.
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Coal Seam Gas – Mineral Fact Sheets – Australian Mines AtlasThe maximum generation of methane in bituminous coals occurs at around 150°C …
australianminesatlas.gov.auCoal Seam Gas and Sydney not Hunter ValleyGREENS campaigners are calling for the plan to mine coal seam gas around Warragamba Dam to be abandoned. Sydney gas drilling company Apex Energy NL plans to …
Not that these web sites are very co-operative when you go to search such touchy subjects as drilling in your back yard. http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/brown-demands-more-details-on-csg-mining-20101114-17shr.html
The fact sheets to gas extraction link is giving me a 404 so I will leave the government web site ref. but you will have to copy to browser yourself. Not being lazy, just cautious. I have been given more than a second glance, problem of my courious mind & desire to have clean environment for my children & grandchildren and future generations.
Methane explosions & the gas itself, inhaled has killed many a coal miner. Matron Gillard tells us she is giving another tax to the Australian People, Carbon Tax, or yet another rise to the fuel & electricity we use.. No sign of herself & buddies reducing their Salaries.