You would think that this would be game over for the CSG industry but despite the recent and past contamination of the water and soil by Santos Tony Abbott and his government are still trying to fast track legislation to proceed with Fracking. They are doing this at the same time as attempting to push legislation through parliament the prevents the government from being sued for environmental accidents caused by mining or dredging. This is one extremely telling insofar as it shows they are more than aware of the very real danger and are seeking to insulate themselves from prosecution while at the same time pushing for CGS mining to go ahead. Do they think we are stupid and that we won’t make the connection to their culpability prior to any disaster? I really think that arrogance has blinded them so completely that they cannot conceive of being held accountable. Let’s recap shall we:
- Today we’ve heard reports of asbestos contamination at CSG drill sites in Queensland, after last week’s revelations about uranium contamination in New South Wales from CSG.
- Coal seam and unconventional gas fracking is one big gamble with our water, health, food security, climate and communities – and the only benefits are to the profits of foreign-owned companies
- Origin Energy, in charge of coal seam gas drilling for the Australia Pacific liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, said on Thursday it had stopped work at 12 sites in Queensland as asbestos had been found in drilling fluids it was using.
- Origin said the supplier of some of its drilling fluids, Australian Mud Company (AMC), owned by Imdex Ltd, had found that its imported walnut-shell based product NUTPLUG contained asbestos.
Farmers and environmentalists already fear that “Fracking”, a drilling technique that uses high-pressure water, sand and chemicals to extract gas trapped in rock, could contaminate water supplies. Earlier this week geologist Debbie Thornton had this to say on the topic:
Did you know that if Fracking is allowed to go ahead over all the areas that have current exploration tenements in Australia we will have ruined the bulk of our underground water supplies within ten years? We will pay for water at filling stations like fuel. That is my perspective as a geologist.
If you would like to read more about the issue and the debate in the parliament click on this link for the Australian Greens Statement
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