Why has the former Qld and NSW labor governments opened a pandoras box of enviornmental and social concerns with it's ill conceived and rushed Coal Seem Gas approvals?
It seems the answer was political expediency to expedite some cash flow into state revenue to ease the debt burden and create a few jobs to perk up their chances of getting re-elected... oh and I forgot, to help out a few mates too.
Fed labor apparently saw CSG through rose coulored glasses too... wow, this will be a quick money spinner and employment scheme.
If you didn't see tonight's four courners on ABC, get a look at it. It confirms bad government at it's worst.
I have to say Campbell Newman and Barry O'Farrell don't seem to be in a hurry to rectify the problem cos I suppose they would like the extra revenue and blame the problem on Labor. But apparently Newman is at least getting an enquiry going and O'Farrell has made some urban areas off limits.
What price the destruction of the great artesian basin water supply, prime agricultural land and our fresh water reseviors?CSIRO scientists have highlighted concerns that chemicals produced by hydraulic fracturing could be affecting ground and surface waters.
In a review published in the national science agency’s online Environmental Chemistry journal, researchers say fracking may be unlocking pollutants currently trapped safely in the ground and mixing them with substances injected by mining operations.
Review author and CSIRO chief research scientist Dr Graeme Batley says there is very little understanding of the chemical concentrations or what happens to them over time.
“To date there have been relatively few publications in the open scientific literature dealing with the environmental impacts of coal seam gas production and especially of fracking as well as geogenic [naturally occurring] contaminants, with most information contained in confidential reports to the service companies,” the review says.