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Anti-coal-seam-gas (CSG) campaigners on the north coast have slammed the NSW government’s plan to abolish using the term coal seam gas or CSG, describing the move as ‘Orwellioan double speak’.

The criticism follows the revelation that NSW energy minister Chris Hartcher is instructing all government agencies to cease using the terms ‘coal seam gas’ or the acronym CSG and to replace it with ‘natural gas from coal seams’.

The new terminology has been described by anti-CSG activists as a blatant euphemism to hide the truth about the destructive nature of the industry.

‘It’s an almost farcical outbreak of “Yes Minister” double speak,’, said CSG-Free Northern Rivers spokesman Aidan Ricketts.

Mr Ricketts said the difference between the two gas industries was not the gas but the extractive technology used, including the highly controversial ‘fracking’ of coal seams and potential contamination of groundwater as a result.

He said thousands of well heads are needed for CSG extraction which would ‘industrialise the whole region’.

‘It seems that public opposition has become too much for the industry and government to withstand and so rather than change policy the NSW government is seeking to change terminology,’ Mr Ricketts said.

‘This is nothing short of Orwellian double speak by the government and industry. It doesn’t matter what weasel words the government want to use, these are invasive industrial gasfield developments and the people of NSW don’t want them destroying our water tables and our way of life.

‘If the government wants to find a useful catch-all term they should simply call a spade a spade, whether its coal seam gas, tight sands gas, unconventional gas, or gas from under homes in western Sydney, there is a clear simple term that covers the lot “Invasive industrial gasfields”.

‘Particulary ironic is that the briefing paper is signed off by the Director of the Office of Coal Seam Gas (soon to be renamed no doubt),’ he said.

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  1. As usual, government sides with industry against the community and the environment. Governments and corporations care nothing for the land or the people, their only interest is in making vast sums of money for themselves and their cronies. These people in govt and environment-destroying industries, backed by bilious billionaires and protected by costumed thugs, will never respect the rights of others if it interferes with their pursuit of private wealth. Only a committed and determined public can prevent these selfish, short-sighted sophists from achieving their demented, nihilistic agenda.

  2. LOL reminds me of the old joke where the blind man walks near some dog poo. He smells it, tastes it and feels it then identifies it as dog poo. Finally he says to his mate, “Lucky we didn’t walk in it.”

  3. Desperate measures from a government that is so allied with Industry, it’s sharing the same PR spin. APPEA are trying to reinvent it as ‘natural gas’ too. The word they hate is GASFIELDS. If they keep us focussed on the gas, they hope we will miss the fact that it involves industrialisation of the landscape with pipelines, holding ponds, compressor stations everywhere, flaring gaswells in their hundreds and roads and trucks. I’ve seen it in the Darling Downs. It’s a nightmare. It’s invasive above, and below ground, and invasive of communities.

  4. Call it what you want. The emperor still has no clothes on. Monsanto, Bayer etc., insisted on changing the term Genetically Engineered to Genetically Modified in the hope it would sound less like Frankenstein foods. And everyone had to adapt to calling the same shoddy food/crop something else. So Gene Ethics coined the term Genetically Manipulated into the transition from GE to GM terminology. Annie Kia raised an important point in referring to CSG as Gasfields. The word paints a picture in itself. They don’t like it so let’s take it on. It also covers tight sands and shale gas…


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