coal seam gas

GREEN LEFT REPORT #9: Feminism's resurgence, Venezuelan eyewitness + more

This episode focuses on feminism's resurgence and Venezuela's unfolding revolution. It includes activist news on Stop CSG protests, Global Noise protests, plus Carlo Sands on the European Union's Nobel Peace prize win, and a performance by 1000 eyes at Occupy.

Film screening: Fractured Country and Undermining Australia

World Heritage Day screening of two new documentaries about the impacts of coal and CSG mining in Australia.

Fractured Country: An Unconventional Invasion. Directed by Brendan Shoebridge
&
Undermining Australia: Coal Vs Communities. Directed by David Lowe.

Introduced by Rani Brown (Lock the Gate) and followed by Q&A with campaigners. Refreshments available at 6pm, films begin at 6.30pm.

Saturday May 3
6pm to 8.30pm
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
Katoomba St, Katoomba

Hosted by Stop CSG Blue Mountains
Entry by donation. All welcome.

Event date: 
Sat, 03/05/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Event time: 
Sat, 03/05/2014 - 6:00pm

Stop Coal Seam Gas Blue Mountains campaign meeting

Stop Coal Seam Gas Blue Mountains campaign meeting. Come along and get involved in Blue Mountains residents’ campaign against CSG exploration and mining.

Tuesday, 6 May (and the first Tuesday of every month)
7.30pm – 9.30pm
Lawson Bowling Club, 2 Loftus St, Lawson

All welcome.
For more info, email info@stopcsgbm.net.au, or visit http://www.stopcsgbm.net.au

Event date: 
Tue, 06/05/2014 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Event time: 
Tue, 06/05/2014 - 7:30pm

Government spin masks real agenda on CSG

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell implemented a six-month freeze on processing new applications for coal seam gas (CSG) exploration licences on March 26. At the same time, the minister for resources and energy, Anthony Roberts, announced that the licence application fee would increase from $1000, set by the ALP state government in 2002, to $50,000.

Roberts had earlier refused five CSG exploration licence applications sought by Grainger Energy which, covered 43,000 square kilometres of land in the Riverina.

The case for a Royal Commission into coal seam gas

When the NSW Coalition government was elected to office in March 2011, it put all new coal seam gas (CSG) exploration licences on hold pending an internal inquiry.

Sixteen months later, in September 2012, the government announced that the results of this “thorough investigation” found all was in order and the industry could proceed apace.

The NSW government has now announced that all new CSG licence applications would again be frozen, this time for six months. The government said this was necessary to implement a "new regime" for allocating future licences.

People power stops gas drilling in Bentley

An ongoing blockade of a coal seam gas drill site in Bentley, 12 kilometres from Lismore’s CBD in NSW, has so far stopped gas company Metgasco from starting exploration in the area.

This test drill will help determine whether there are commercial quantities of gas available, and if so, up to 1000 wells could potentially be drilled in the area.

Hundreds of people are permanently camping on land next to the drill site, and at times numbers have swelled to 2000, as the community acts to stop heavy machinery from entering.

Stop Coal Seam Gas Blue Mountains campaign meeting

Stop Coal Seam Gas Blue Mountains campaign meeting. Come along and get involved in Blue Mountains residents’ campaign against CSG exploration and mining.

Tuesday, 1st April (and the first Tuesday of every month)
7.30pm – 9.30pm
Lawson Bowling Club, 2 Loftus St, Lawson

All welcome.
For more info, email info@stopcsgbm.net.au, or visit http://www.stopcsgbm.net.au

Event date: 
Tue, 01/04/2014 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Event time: 
Tue, 01/04/2014 - 7:30pm

Gasland II screening

Come to the screening of Gaslands II, Josh Fox's new and important sequel to Gaslands, which includes segments shot in Australian coal seam gasfields.

4pm, Saturday, 12 April
St Andrews Uniting Church
Cnr Green Street and Lucasville Road, Glenbrook

All welcome. Hosted by Stop Coal Seam Gas Blue Mountains.

Event date: 
Sat, 12/04/2014 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Event time: 
Sat, 12/04/2014 - 4:00pm

Radical Tutes: The power of community; how social movements can change the world

The title of the next Radical Tute (the third in a series of five) is "The power of community; how social movements can change the world". It will look at how the Illawarra community has built a powerful campaign to stop coal seam gas mining (CSG) in our drinking water catchment.

1.30am @ University of Wollongong, CSE Meeting Room B.

** Please note the new starting time of 1.30pm so as not to clash with FemSoc's 'Free School' **

Event date: 
Wed, 02/04/2014 - 1:30pm

Gas company pollutes aquifer with uranium

Coal seam gas (CSG) company Santos has admitted to polluting an aquifer in north-western NSW with uranium, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on March 8.

The incident is the first recorded groundwater contamination in Australia from CSG operations.

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