All of the people who think it is okay to give the green light to unconventional gas mining need to go to Tara, Chinchilla, and Wandoan (southwest Queensland) and talk to the farmers, as I have done.
Their heartfelt stories are gut-wrenching to say the least.
I would also like to point out that two years ago the mining lobby was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald (3 August 2011) saying that the coal seam gas (CSG) industry conceded that extraction will inevitably contaminate aquifers.
At that time, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association told a fiery public meeting in Sydney that good management could minimise the risks of water contamination, but never eliminate them.
‘Drilling will, to varying degrees, impact on adjoining aquifers,’ said the spokesman, Ross Dunn. ‘The extent of impact and whether the impact can be managed is the question.’
The admissions came before the start of the first public hearing in NSW, held in Narrabri, of a Senate inquiry into the effects of coal seam gas mining.
If industry had no doubt that aquifers would be contaminated way back then, why now has the NSW government given a green light to the industry?
Gwilym Summers, Eltham