Nurse questions coal seam gas

Jan Younger
Jan Younger

A REGISTERED nurse who has plans to do a doctorate of philosophy (PHD) on "the truth about coal seam gas" has questioned the credibility of the gas industry claims that the public had nothing to worry about on the health front.

"I must question the comment in the Examiner on Friday, May 4 that coal seam gas mining is 'safe'," said Glenugie resident Jan Younger, who has become a spokesperson for Lock the Gate - Pillar Valley.

"You only have to look at the reports, media and publications from North America and Queensland to see that there are real health risk from coal seam gas mining."

Ms Younger, who is a registered midwife, holds a masters degree in international health management and a graduate diploma in health management, said testing in the US showed that the health of people who lived up to 7km away from an active CSG well could be affected by poor air quality.

"The American Academy of Paediatrics has published a list of recommendations to monitor for negative health impacts on children and pregnant women living in environments where coal seam gas is mined.

"There are reports from Queensland of children crying and breaking out in rash after bathing in bore water near CSG."

Ms Younger said farmers and their families near active CSG wells had reported being unable to stay on their land due to headaches after coal seam gas production started.

"These people unable to sell up have left their properties and become coal seam gas refugees.

"Have a look at the 'GetUp' video on their website. A Queensland mother reports the headaches and nose bleeds that started after wells have been drilled around their home.

"In an air sampling study from 2005 to 2007 conducted in Colorado, researchers found that air benzene concentrations approached or exceeded health-based standards at sites associated with oil or gas drilling.

"Benzene exposure during pregnancy has been associated with neural tube defects decreased birth parameters and childhood leukemia.

"I challenge the coal seam gas mining companies to show their proof that coal seam gas mining is safe and will not pollute our air and water ... there needs to be an independent baseline measurements of air and water quality before the mining starts.

"Surely it is the role of coal seam gas mining companies and the government who approves these activities to prove their activity is safe.

"Who are you going to believe, the good people of Queensland or coal seam gas mining companies?

"In the battle of credibility, you need to be aware of those with vested interests who stand to make massive profits from coal seam gas mining.

"They need you to believe CSG mining is not harmful to you or your grandchildren's health."

Most of the members of Lock the Gate - Pillar Valley are not activists or environmentalists, she said.

"They are ordinary people who don't want their properties to be devalued and don't want their traditional farming lifestyle threatened, they are mums and dads who don't want to live in fear about their families' health."

Metgasco CEO Peter Henderson responded to Ms Younger's claims saying the industry adhered to a strong regulatory regime with internationally-recognised standards.

"The coal seam gas industry is safe, highly regulated and well understood," he said.

"There is no credible evidence that CSG operations have a negative impact on humans and livestock.

"Oil and gas operations have been in existence for over 100 years and have had an enormously beneficial impact on our society, without the adverse impacts that are inferred by the media release.

"Similarly, CSG operations have operated safely in Australia for over 16 years and following extensive reviews have the support of Australian, Queensland and NSW governments."

Topics:  coal seam gas gas industry phd

Monster who raped, tortured daughter given 48 yrs jail

Extreme warning: Readers will find the details of story disturbing

Depicting Malcolm Turnbull as a clown worth the fallout

Cartoon lighter side to a much more serious issue

Police investigate deliberately lit fire north of Grafton

Rural Fire Service Wooli Police copyright Tanja Ackerman2016

Storms hamper crew's efforts to contain bushfire in rugged terrain

Local Partners

Is it time for a skate park extension in Yamba?

IF YOU ever want to be truly terrified, swing by the Yamba skate park on any given day.

Grafton does the Time Warpt again

The Time Warpt Dinner and Show is set for the Grafton District Services Club on Saturday night.

Rocky Horror dinner show comes back to Grafton

OPINION: Magpies welcome Binge back to the nest

The Lower Clarence Magpies v Casino RSM Cougars at Maclean Showground. Pictured for the Magpies is Ryan Binge (centre).

Lower Clarence Magpies have good news ahead of AGM.

Natalie returns home to perform at the Country Muster

Natalie Davidson will perform at the Clarence Valley Country Muster on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

There will be one local face on stage at this years country muster

Depp jumps ship from agency of 25 years

Johnny Depp has signed to CAA after 25 years with the United

Orlando Bloom 'buried' Katy Perry in birthday flowers

Orlando Bloom "buried" Katy Perry in flowers for her birthday

MacBook fires up: New "touchbar" will include emojis

COULD emojis help the MacBook again deliver a laptop revolution?

Angus T. Jones got miserable on Two and a Half Men

Child star's misery while shooting 'Two and a Half Men'

Bachelorette shock: "This isn't how it's supposed to go!"

Georgia Love pictured in a scene from The Bachelorette finale.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and leaves Matty J heartbroken.

Radio presenter's shocking joke about Dreamworld victims

Images from the scene after four people died on a ride at Dreamworld at the Gold Coast

Radio host taken off air after tactless Dreamworld joke

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

Maclean's highest house sale this decade

SOLD: Ray White real estate agent Alan Bruchert has just put a new sticker on Maclean's most expensive house to sell in a decade.

Unique riverfront home sells for more than $920,000

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?