Letters to the Editor - Tuesday, October 22: CSG facts
IT IS clear from some of the Letters to the Editor, that there are people here that do not understand the opposition to CSG.
They need to be aware that there is a lot more to it than about the gas itself. So let's have a look at a few points about the process for extraction, the main reason for opposition.
First, landowners have no say on whether these miners can use their land. This needs to be addressed urgently by both State and Federal Governments.
Secondly, landowners need to receive adequate compensation for the use of their land. They do not at present.
Thirdly, the CSG miners must prove that their mining methods are compatible with the environment. They do not want to do this and instead just provide statements. They must also show that the location for their drilling is reasonable and will not contaminate water sources. As for fracking this is basically a means of fracturing the rocks and the coal seam to allow freer flow of the "natural" gas.
Even without any added chemicals it is not suitable close to any water, surface or underground. When they do add chemicals to the water that they pump into their wells for fracking these miners must prove that those chemicals are safe. It is inevitable that there will be some leakage of the chemicals.
Finally, it needs to be determined at governmental levels whether the relatively small amounts of gas obtained from CSG is worthwhile compared to other, larger, methods of obtaining natural gas.