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CSG and the science of spin

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It is interesting to read the scientific data put out by the Southern Cross University researchers in relation to fugitive gas emissions coming from the gasfields in Tara in Central Queensland. The research results from highly accredited scientists from a well-regarded university, using the latest technology, are being disputed and disparaged by Metgasco CEO Peter Henderson and the industry body APPEA (talk about vested interests!).

It seems they are going to great lengths to discredit any scientific data that does not support the coal-seam gas industry, and it’s great to see the vice-chancellor of SCU, Peter Lee, speaking up for these same scientists and the university they represent.

It looks like Peter Henderson, APPEA, Martin Ferguson, federal minister for resources (who admits he has not even read the research results while publicly criticising them), and the O’Farrell government (whose Strategic Regional Land Use Policy does not include baseline testing for this or any other impact of the industry) have been caught out big time, and again the people have been proven right, even though Peter has continuously claimed we give out false information.

I think we all remember it was the same Peter Henderson who claimed on ABC radio about 18 months ago that they (Metgasco) wouldn’t go anywhere they were not wanted! Well, I’ll tell you here and now Peter, the results of surveys of residents across the northern rivers and a poll conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission in Lismore City Council area show clearly that you and your industry are not welcome in the northern rivers!

This is the same Peter Henderson who has repeatedly claimed CSG is clean and green and safe when all evidence shows it’s a filthy, harmful industry until the point of burning… but where is it to be burnt in Australia, Peter?

All I’ve read shows it’s to go overseas for burning and will do nothing to reduce carbon emissions in Australia, but actually adds to our contribution to global warming. Besides, BHP stated in May this year that they have more than enough NATURAL gas from Bass Strait to supply eastern Australia well into the future. China, and other countries, will get the carbon-offset benefits and we, here in Australia, will get the bill for cleaning up the health and other impacts of this dirty industry! And yet you have the gall to tell us we should welcome you and the industry with open arms. Get a grip, Peter!

As for Peter’s ongoing claims that Metgasco is focused on supplying local users, why would they want a pipeline (whether it be north to Ipswich or east to the coast) unless they wanted to tap into the export market?

People should also be made aware that there is a big difference between NATURAL GAS and UNCONVENTIONAL GAS (CSG).

Odd – with all this, Peter and his ilk accuse citizens of giving out false and misleading information.

Wasn’t it Peter and our own Thomas George who insisted that the government’s Strategic Regional Land Use Policy was rigorous and stringent, yet they hadn’t even done baseline testing… ha, they all look very silly today, don’t they?

Funny, too, how they talk about the jobs they will create, but never mention the many more jobs that will be lost due to this industry.

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  1. Well said Julie. How many people at the Casino Meatworks will be unemployed when our beef is no longer edible? And what future for those currently employed by Norco, Australia’s largest ice-cream manufacturer? And will we grow a tourist industry built on ‘drill spotters’ coming to watch these ugly machines do their dirty work?


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