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Water Trigger - Gloucester BioRegion - Hunter Valley health

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2004 gas blow out 300m away in the same wells

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and AGL

ACCC takes action
Dec.2013 against AGL

AGL versus
Environment Protection Agency 2013

AGL fined $1,550,000
for deceptive & misleading conduct 2013

NoFibs Gloucester Showdown

Fracking near Gloucester homes under AGL’s latest coal seam gas plans

AGL buys up Hunter Valley vineyards

CSG companies ignore water quality guidelines in irrigation reports

A matter of trust: – letter to Gloucester Advocate

AGL’s Gloucester ‘Produced Water’ Irrigation Trial
“A Sham and a Farce!”

AGL's proposed gas storage facility at Tomago, near Newcastle

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Affected Mid North Coast Councils

Upper Hunter Shire Council

Thomas Davey, Tourism Advancing Gloucester

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Bruce Robertson,
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An overview of possible impacts from coal seam gas development in Northern Rivers, New South Wales
by Elfian Schieren, 2012

1. Introduction
2. Energy and coal seam gas development
2.1 Economic viability underpinning coal seam gas development
2.2 Renewable, sustainable energy development
- Solar
- Wind
- Biogas
2.3 Coal seam gas development at a global scale
2.4 Coal seam gas development in Australia
3 Coal seam gas extraction process
- Drilling and dewatering
- Hydraulic Fracturing
- Produced Water
4 Risks to water resources from coal seam gas development
4.4 Ground water use
4.5 Water produced by coal seam gas
4.6 Contamination of Groundwater
5 Other Consequences of coal seam gas development
5.4 Impacts to agricultural production
5.5 Health impacts on humans and animals
5.6 Impacts on greenhouse gas emissions
5.7 Impacts on seismic activity
5.8 Economic impacts
5.9 Cumulative impacts
6 Potential for coal seam gas development in Northern Rivers, New South Wales
6.1 Northern Rivers Region
6.2 Using trade-offs and opportunity costs in evaluating CSG development
6.3 Prospects for development in Northern Rivers region
6.4 Energy development in Northern Rivers region
6.5 Northern Rivers community actions and groups in response to CSG development
7 Discussion
8 Conclusion
9 References

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2014-03-28 - Rural Fire Service volunteers at Bentley are resigning after their fire station has been taken over by the police, against local's wishes, to direct the 100 riot police and 100 regular police converging to break a blockade against fracking company Metgasco.

Rolling updates from the Bentley Blockade

Coalition & Labor vote against ICAC recommendation on mining licences

12 May 2014 Jeremy Buckingham media release - The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today condemned the Government and Labor Party for voting against an amendment to the Mining and Petroleum Acts to establish an Independent Expert Mine Licensing Committee as recommended by the Independent Commission Against Corruption following the inquiries into corruptly granted coal mining licences.

The Government and Labor Party combined to defeat the Greens amendment 29 votes to 5 votes. They also combined to replace a broad ‘public interest power’ to cancel mining licences and replace it with a narrower ‘fit and proper person’ test.

The Independent Expert Mine Licensing Committee would provide publicly available advice to the Minister on mining exploration licence applications after:
◦conducting a triple bottom line assessment
◦assessing likelihood that the application will progress to production phase
◦assessing the financial capacity of applicant to fund exploration and production activities
◦assessing applications against a set of strategic objectives, priorities and outcomes for allocation of mineral and petroleum resources

“It’s clear that both the Coalition and the Labor Party are still captive of the mining industry after they failed to back an ICAC reform to implement an independent and transparent process for assessing mining and gas exploration licence applications,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“Only the Greens are genuine about cleaning up politics in NSW, especially when it comes to the outsized influence the big mining companies wield.

“Since 1999, the mining sector has donated $5,753,721 to the Liberal, National and Labor parties and they are still not prohibited political donors. It is no wonder that both major parties refuse to implement an independent and transparent licence assessment process.

“It is a great pity the broad public interest powers to cancel mining licences has been restricted to a ‘fit and proper person’ test. There are many licences that have been granted in inappropriate areas and the government should have the power to act in the public interest,” he said.

Shock resignation of two gateway panel members

25 Apr 2014 Attacks on integrity and the threat of legal action are reported to be behind the shock resignation of two members of the state government's mining and petroleum gateway panel.

In the job for less than six months, two of the gateway panel members, chairman Terry Short and Russell Frith resigned yesterday.

Mining giant Anglo American accused Mr Short of a number of conflicts of interest, and the Farmers Association also voiced its concern.

The news comes after the panel granted a conditional certificate to a Bylong Valley mining application despite numerous concerns over its impacts and not meeting the relevant criteria.

"From the Bylong development we can see that development didn't meet most of the criteria, yet it received a gateway certificate" said New South Wales Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham

"The gateway panel needs real teeth, it needs a red light on developments," he said.

"We've seen two members resign, two members on the panel exposed to litigation for undertaking their role."

The six-member panel was established in October last year to protect the state's agricultural and water resources from the potential impacts of mining and coal seam gas activities.

Each were vetted by the New South Wales Farmers Association and the New South Wales Minerals Council, and approved by the Department of Planning.

28 March 2014 - The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is investigating a release of about 500 litres of produced water which entered a diversion drain at the Santos Narrabri Gas Field on Tuesday March 25

Agreed Principles of NSW Land Access signed!

Negotiated by NSW Farmers, NSW Irrigators, Cotton Australia, AGL, Santos and Minister Roberts

The Agreed Principles of the NSW Coal Seam Gas Land Access Agreement is here

Metgasco refuse to sign NSW Land Access Principles
Chief executive Peter Henderson when asked if he could rule out forced access in future, he replied:
''We haven't said absolutely never.''

More information on the  Land Access

The Land Access Principles is silent on listening to community wishes, extending & honouring the 2km exclusion zones to include smaller villages, and industry clusters (why isn't tourism an industry cluster)?

Loopholes exist in this principle as AGL owns the land they want to frack at Gloucester but the wells are only 300m from individual homes, 2km from 50 homes - but those people do not have any say at all!

At present we still have not seen what the gas industry consider "a best practice framework for how explorers can negotiate access arrangements with landholders".

The Code does not set out mandatory requirements that must be included in an access arrangement, such as promptly paying any agreed compensation; and ensuring any information obtained about the landholder’s property or operations is kept confidential.

The Land Access Code of Practice does not strengthen rules for coal seam gas exploration including:
• a hold on exploration and extraction of natural gas within Sydney’s drinking water catchment
• 2 km exclusion zones for coal seam gas activities around existing residential areas and areas zoned as villages
• strengthened planning approval processes including assessments for strategic agricultural land and aquifer interference policy

Alliance Calls for Inquiry as Another NSW Mines Minister Bites the Dust

4th December 2013 The Lock the Gate Alliance has called for a broad-ranging inquiry into the management of coal and coal seam gas mining in NSW, after Mineral Resources Minister Chris Hartcher resigned from Cabinet today following reports of an ICAC raid on his office.

The action by ICAC is understood to relate to alleged illegal donations which forced the suspension of Mr Hartcher's former staffer, Ray Carter.

"Chris Hartcher is the third Minister for minerals resources to fall under the shadow of an ICAC investigation this year, following corrupt conduct findings against former Ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian MacDonald" said Carmel Flint, Campaign Co-ordinator with Lock the Gate Alliance. Full story here

Current Petroleum Special Prospecting Authority Applications
The following applications have been lodged with the NSW department of Trade & Investment Resources & Energy, Division of Resources and Energy, Minerals and Petroleum,

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Dr Wayne Somerville, Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith, Kevin Hogan Member for Page, Ian Gaillard & Drew Hutton Lock The Gate

Lock The Gate, the Director-General & ICAC
18 November 2013 An extraordinary tweeter exchange between Lock The Gate and the Director-General of NSW Planning and Infrastructure, including letters from ICAC concerning the NSW Planning Bill 2013

North West NSW Celebrates Gasfield Free Communities
18 November 2013 - Lock The Gate - The North West of NSW celebrates as Burren Junction, Cryon and Merah North declare themselves Gasfield Free Communities.

Proposed CSG Petroleum (Onshore) Amendment Bill 2013 law must be released immediately for community to assess

November 20, 2013 · Lock the Gate Alliance has called for proposed changes to coal seam gas laws foreshadowed in NSW Parliament last night to be released immediately on public exhibition.

In Parliament last night, Minister Duncan Gay revealed that changes have been proposed to the contentious Petroleum (Onshore) Amendment Bill 2013 as a result of secretive negotiations with selected stakeholders by the NSW Land and Water Commissioner, Jock Laurie. The changes will be introduced as Government amendments to the Bill.

"Natural gas from coal seams" to replace "CSG", "coal seam gas"

17 September, 2013 The federal Standing Council on Energy and Resources, which includes ministers from each state and territory and the commonwealth has recommended the NSW government remove the term “coal seam gas” and its acronym CSG from official documents in the state and Australia.

The council wrote to NSW energy and resources minister Chris Hartcher recommending the terminologies “coal seam gas” and “CSG” should be eliminated from marketing content, replies to letters and on websites, and replaced with “natural gas from coal seams”.

The note said the new definition aims to “improve clarity and consistency of the terms used to describe coal seam gas in departmental correspondence, communication and content”.

The council issued a National Harmonised Regulatory Framework for Natural Gas from Coal Seams, which aims to make sure “regulatory regimes are robust, consistent and transparent across all Australian jurisdictions”.

“This is part of a national harmonisation initiative adopted by all governments,” the briefing note said.

 “Government adoption of the industry’s Orwellian terminology will not diminish legitimate concern and the real risk posed to land and water by coal seam gas,” Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said while criticising the government for playing “cynical public relations games”.

The terms CSG and coal seam gas are allowed on social media to follow the national conversation. “Social media relies on CSG or coal seam gas references and hashtags (i.e. #CSG),” the note said.

“In order to participate and track conversations it is therefore acceptable to use CSG or coal seam gas on Twitter and Facebook.”

There is also a handwritten note that says the government needs to apply the same approach within the Land and Water Commissioner and the Office of the Chief Scientist.

A spokeswoman for Hartcher said NSW “has adopted the reference following the Commonwealth’s preference to use this terminology as part of a national harmonisation”.

She said the Land and Water Commissioner and the Office of the Chief Scientist can use any terminology they wish as they are independent groups.

Chief scientist and engineer Professor Mary O’Kane said misinformation is causing anxiety and wide-ranging community concerns about CSG. She recommends stricter regulation, more penalties for violations and more environmental research be conducted.

In Australia, the controversial coal seam gas industry is developing rapidly, with the corporate gas giants using their influence on governments to introduce sweeping changes to environmental and land access laws.

Unlike the USA, in Australia the 'Crown' legally owns the natural resources regardless of land title deeds and traditional land use. Each state government administers exploration and mining licenses and collects royalties from the companies.

A passer-by tells the Inspector "this here is an issue that is dangerous to people"
Bentley, 2013-11-15. — at AGL Head Office, 101 Miller St North

NSW: Pilliga | Gloucester | Camden | Northern Rivers

Petroleum Titles in NSW as at October 2013.
Source: NSW Trade & Investment Division of Resources and Energy

Welcome to the NIMBY club Sydney ... you're fracked!

NSW Shooters & Fishers tell O'Farrell that his Onshore Petroleum Act changes won't get up

15 Nov 2013 - Shooters and Fishers Party MP, Robert Brown, says the O'Farrell government's soon-to-be introduced amendments to the Onshore Petroleum Act won't get the support of his cross-benches unless there are changes.

Robert Brown says, while there's broad support for the legislation from the Shooters and Fishers, there's problem areas that need to be fixed.

"Well, the Shooters and Fishers Party, our views are very clear on this bill, which is the Onshore Petroleum Act Amendment Bill," he said.

"We have problems with Section 7, [which] describes an attempt to set up a system whereby the Minister can authorise access under a permit system, to any person to come onto private property."

Robert Brown says that does not sit comfortably with his Party because the Shooters and Fishers support individual property rights under both Commonwealth or State law.

"In reality, what the government needs to do if they want to put forward bills like this, is they have to consider equitable arrangements for property owners," he said.

"Give the farmers the right to 'lock the gate' but, at the same time, give the farmers the right to access some of the government royalties on the stuff that's under their ground; if the government's going to get five per cent royalties give half to the farmer."

"The farmer could make up his mind whether he wants to take advantage of that offer or whether he wants to just keep farming and keep people off his property," he said.

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