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Open letter to Doug Jackson and Andy Vesey

Open letter to Doug Jackson and Andy Vesey

October 27, 2016

AGL executives were greeted by a community protest outside its AGM on September 28 in Sydney calling for it to shut down its gas fields.

Residents from Camden, in south west Sydney, had come to tell the company that it must leave now, not in 2023.

Inside, several shareholders asked about AGL’s plans and why it had consistently refused to acknowledge the community’s concerns about the impact of wells being so close to homes and schools. They also wanted answers to questions such as AGL’s illegal method of disposing of waste from the mines and fugitive emissions from well heads.

Several weeks later, Doug Jackson, AGL Executive General Manager, Group Operations at AGL Energy responded in a letter, dated October 20, to one of the shareholder activists.

Below, Australian Mothers Against Gas Melinda Wilson takes apart his and CEO Andy Vesey’s claims at the AGM. At the end she asks AGL for answers to 6 questions.

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Dear Doug Jackson,

At AGL’s AGM Andy Vesey and yourself told shareholders that the Camden community would be provided with a decommissioning schedule very shortly after the AGM.

Your recent email (October 20, 2016) stated that decommissioning details would be available at AGL’s Community Consultation Committee (CCC) in March 2017.

Considering the adverse health impacts of the gasfields, it is not acceptable to have to wait another 6 months.

Further, I draw your attention to the requirements of the CCC which state:
“Membership of the committee shall comprise: an independent chairperson”; “The committee should meet at

least twice per year”; and, “minutes need to be publicly available within 28 days of each meeting”. AGL is in breach of these.

Margaret McDonald-Hill, named as the chair of Camden’s CCC, is not independent. She is paid by AGL, via the Department of Trade and Investment.

This is a direct breach of the CCC requirements.
The CCC is required to meet twice per year, and yet the last recorded minutes were November 2015. This is another breach.
They are in breach as they have not met at all in 12 months.
The next CCC meeting is planned for March 2017. This is a another direct breach.
CEO Andy Vessey told the AGM: “There are no leaking wells in AGL’s Camden Gas Project.”

This is false, and was a deliberate intent to deceive shareholders and the public.

AGL’s own Annual Leak Detection and Repair reports shows that every year the number of leaks detected at the Camden Gas Project increases.

I draw to your attention to the AGL report, dated September 23 to October 3, 2014, that proves 28 leaks were identified — 11 of them minor, 13 as major and 4 as significant.
I draw to your attention AGL report, dated December 22, 2014 to December 11, 2015 that documents 40 gas leaks in three months. Of the leaks, 26 were reported as minor, 11 as major and three as significant.

In your email you stated:

1. “The Camden Gas Project has operated safely and will continue to do so. This has also been confirmed in a new fact sheet recently released by the NSW Department of Health.”

How NSW Health was able to arrive at this conclusion without interviewing anyone living in the Camden area reporting health problems including headache, rashes, sore eyes, nausea, nosebleeds, hair loss, respiratory distress is, frankly, unbelievable.

2. AGL states: “Methane is a low toxicity gas which has no impacts on human health at concentrations that commonly occur in the air around us.”

A gas field emits methane, and not at the commonly occurring levels. Methane levels near coal seam gas fields in Australia have been found to be as much as triple normal, or average, levels.

Maher, D.T., Santos, I.R. & Tait, D.R. Water Air Soil Pollution (2014) 225: 2216. doi:10.1007/s11270-014-2216-2 These findings have now been published in the Water, Air and Soil Pollution journal.

A new report written by people who support the unconventional gas industry, A review of current and future methane emissions from Australian unconventional oil and gas production, dated October 2016, states: “The act of burning methane (e.g. by using a flare, furnace, gas engine or other device), can produce pollutants such as formaldehyde which is a known respiratory health hazard.”

This contradicts AGL’s claim that “Methane has no impact on human health”.

The Melbourne University report notes that Australia’s unconventional gas producers are not monitoring fugitive emissions, largely because they do use the technology required to do so, preferring to instead rely on guesswork.

3. AGL states: “The information available suggests that neither the main gas extracted (methane), nor the most hazardous BTEX compound Benzene, could pose a risk even to the health of residents living very close to gas well heads in the Camden Gas Project area.”

However, the peer-reviewed study “Advances in Understanding Benzene Health Effects and Susceptibility” states:

“Benzene is a ubiquitous chemical in our environment that causes acute leukemia and probably other hematological cancers.

“Evidence for an association with childhood leukemia is growing.

“Benzene affects the blood-forming system at low levels of occupational exposure, and there is no evidence of a threshold.

“There is probably no safe level of exposure to benzene …”

4. AGL states: “Contamination of ground or surface water is unlikely due to the low volumes of produced water associated with the coal seams and the location of groundwater.”

There has already been a problem at the Camden Gas Project arising from a suspected vertical connection between coal seam gas-produced water and shallow groundwater.

The 2011-2012 “Water Quality Investigation Camden Gas Project” report by AGL stated “low salinity, ‘atypical’ produced water was detected.

“Aquifer connectivity was not conclusively ruled out due to a similar chemistry between coal seam produced water and shallow groundwater, and the presence of tritium (a radioactive isotope of hydrogen) in coal seam produced water would suggest there may be a vertical connection that would require further testing.”

5. AGL states: “AGL’s own commitment to safety should provide a high level of reassurance to the community.”

To date, AGL’s safety record has been anything but reassuring.

Here is a timeline of the problems:

In June 2016, the community reported that AGL’s CSG wells were flooded by the Nepean River and underwater. CSG waste water tanks were observed floating and emptying into the river. Locals observed the Nepean River bubbling around the flooded wells. It is still not known how much fluid entered the river or what it contained.

In January 2015, after a freedom of information request, it was discovered that CSG wells had been horizontally drilled under homes in Spring Farm, without the knowledge of home owners.

In November 2015, AGL’s CSG Leak Detection Report stated 19 out of 90 wells were leaking at the Camden Gas Project.

In November 2014, AGL’s Coal Seam Gas Leak Detection Report stated 11 out of 95 wells were leaking at the Camden Gas Project.

In August 2014, Spring Farm well 5 leaked gas for hours without any immediate response from AGL. Residents had to call emergency services. AGL had previously promised to shut down the gas supply in the event of an accidental gas release as part of its Safety Management System. Nothing like this happened on August 31, 2014. AGL was fined $15,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency for breaching its pollution license.

  • In November 2013, AGL’s Coal Seam Gas Leak Detection Report stated 9 out of 95 wells were leaking at its Camden Gas Project.
  • In September 2013, Spring Farm well 5 required repairs due to pieces of polyliner blocking the well.
  • In June 2013 and December 2012, Spring Farm well 5 required the removal of 104 metres of poly pipeblocking the well.
  • In January 2013, locals reported that one of the wells, located closest to the flooded Nepean River, had flooded and gas bubbles could be seen. There was concern that chemicals may have leached into the river. This event raised questions about the ability of the CSG industry to monitor itself.
  • In September 2012, AGL drilled coal seam gas well MP25 in Menangle Park, just 40 metres from the Nepean River without any community consultation. Residents received a notice in their mailboxes the previous night. Campbelltown City Council objected to the well, based on the site’s location within the Nepean River’s flood zone. But, it went ahead.
  • In May 2011, Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham visited AGL’s CSG wells near Camden. While filming a drill rig near Glen Alpine, it exploded, spewing thick white foam into the air that gradually became a liquid aerosol and drifted toward Glen Alpine. This was of huge concern, given the fact that the Upper Canal, that supplies up to 20% of Sydney’s drinking water, was just 100 metres from the well.
  • In November 2011, Spring Farm well 9 leaked up to 1000 litres of water. The leak was due to an incorrectly sized Blowout Preventer used in the pipe ram blocks for the well.
  • In October 2006, locals reported that cattle were refusing to drink from Menangle Creek. The closest Road to the creek is Medhurst Road, the access road to AGL’s Rosalind Park Gas Treatment Plant. Locals observed water bubbling up through a crack in a rock from the Menangle Creek bed just 50 metres from a CSG well. In November 2006, a Department of Environment Climate Change officer inspected Menangle Creek with AGL and the complainant. Water samples were collected and a report presented to Macoun Environmental and Department of Planning. They inspected AGL’s well sites (RP6, RP7 and RP11) adjacent to Menangle Creek. No water discharge was evident and DECC therefore proposed no further action be taken. The water analysis report was never released.AGL claims that Camden produces 5% of NSW gas supplies. If this is the case, it is definitely not critical to the NSW gas supply.

    Nevertheless, the dangers of this industry far outweigh any conceivable benefit. In a climate challenged world, Australia needs to move rapidly to sustainable energy, as AGL itself acknowledges.

    The Camden community wants all AGL coal seam gas wells decommissioned now. We do not accept AGL’s proposed leave date of 2023: we do not want to suffer another 7 years of health problems.

    Finally, I would appreciate responses to the following:

1. When will AGL comply with CCC requirements and appoint an independent chair?

  1. When will someone who is suffering health impacts from the Camden CSG project be allowed to join the CCC?
  2. Can you explain how the act of burning methane (e.g. by using a flare, furnace, gas engine or other device), is safe?A peer reviewed study, A review of current and future methane emissions from Australian unconventional oil and gas production, dated October 2016, stated that burning methane produces pollutants such as formaldehyde, a known respiratory health hazard.

    This gives reasonable cause to believe Spring Farm residents’ reports of respiratory distress. AGL’s 2011-2012 Water Quality Investigation Camden Gas Project report stated “low salinity, ‘atypical’ produced water was detected.“

    Aquifer connectivity was not conclusively ruled out due to a similar chemistry between coal seam produced water and shallow groundwater, and the presence of tritium (a radioactive isotope of hydrogen) in coal seam produced water would suggest there may be a vertical connection that would require further testing.”

  3. What did further testing find? And please provide the report by return email.In October 2006, locals reported that cattle were refusing to drink from Menangle Creek. The closest Road to the creek is Medhurst Road, the access road to AGL’s Rosalind Park Gas Treatment Plant.

    Locals observed water bubbling up through a crack in a rock from the Menangle Creek bed just 50 metres from a CSG well.

    In November 2006, a Department of Environment Climate Change officer inspected Menangle Creek with AGL and the complainant. Water samples were collected and a report presented to Macoun Environmental and Department of Planning. They inspected AGL’s well sites (RP6, RP7 and RP11) adjacent to Menangle Creek.

  4. What did the water analysis report find? Please provide a copy of the report via return email.In June 2016, AGL’s CSG wells were flooded by the Nepean River and underwater. CSG waste water tanks were observed floating and emptying into the river. Locals observed the Nepean River bubbling around the flooded wells.
  5. How much fluid entered the river and what was the composition of the waste water that emptied into the river?

Yours sincerely,

Melinda Wilson
Australian Mothers Against Gas

AGL AGM PROTEST

A fantastic display of people power this week outside #dirtyAGL‘s AGM in the CBD to call out the climate criminal and remind it we are not going away.

Special thanks to 350.org, GetUp!, Lock the Gate, Ecopella and all the speakers for driving the points home and making it so fun.

Our message to AGL is to do the right thing and walk away — now — from coal and gas!

2016 AGL AGM

AGL AGM Rally, Angel Place, Sydney

28th September 2016
Dr Helen Redmond, Doctors for the Environment Australia

I’ve been asked to talk to you about health impacts of air pollution from unconventional gas development.

Air pollution is just one of the major health impacts of unconventional gas. Others include water impacts, land-use and degradation, underground chemical injection, and climate change.

Doctors for the Environment Australia has for years now held the view that the current assessment, monitoring and regulation of the unconventional gas industry in Australia are inadequate to protect the health of current and future generations.

We hold the position that the risks are so potentially serious, so difficult to manage and so likely to be long-lived, that any further development of this industry in Australia has to be seen as unwise and unhealthy.

There is still much unknown about health impacts, but in the last few years there has been a rapid rise in peer reviewed research on health and UG – nearly 700 papers in total. Most comes from the US where over 15 million people live within a mile of at least one active gas well.

Population health studies have now been possible. What is emerging is a correlation between proximity and density of wells and negative public health impacts. 3 studies report negative birth outcomes: low birthweight, preterm, and birth defects. Another finds higher well density associated with increased cardiac and neurological hospital admissions. In another, gas activity near patient homes was associated with increased asthma attacks.

An analysis of gas and air pollution papers published in the last 5 years shows the vast majority report increased atmospheric concentrations of pollutants.

These air pollutants include methane, hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds, also known as VOC’s. They can be released during drilling, methane separation, from the venting of wells, from holding tanks, holding ponds, compressors, diesel trucks and machinery.

Benzene is a VOC, part of the BTEX group including Toluene, Ethyl benzene and Xylene. BTEX is found in petroleum compounds and in coal and shale formations. Benzene is a group 1 carcinogen so there is no ‘safe’ level of exposure. Benzene exposure also occurs from cigarette smoke, traffic and aircraft exhaust. So we are all exposed to some extent, but effects are dose dependent. Benzene increases cancer risk, the risk of leukaemia, causes problems with blood cell production and immunity. Gas workers, children, pregnant women and the elderly or immunocompromised are at most risk.

Natural gas is largely all methane, a colourless, odourless gas. At concentrations of over 5% it is flammable, and at concentrations over 15% it can reduce blood oxygen levels and cause asphyxiation. In open air, levels are too low to cause any direct impact on health, but during gas extraction methane may leak out of equipment, pipes or through natural formations such as the ground or water ways. We call these “fugitive emissions” and they can affect health in 2 ways.

Firstly, the methane and VOC’s mix with diesel pollution in the presence of heat and sunlight to create ground-level ozone.

Ozone affects even healthy lungs, causing inflammation, reduced lung function and increased respiratory symptoms. Exposure to ozone is linked to increases in death rates, hospital admissions and emergency department attendances , mainly for breathing problems. Asthmatics are particularly vulnerable and ozone can trigger asthma symptoms and worsen chronic lung disease.

Secondly, methane is a potent greenhouse gas, and climate change is widely acknowledged as the greatest global health threat we face this century.

Studies of fugitive emissions show the amount of gas leakage in the order of 1 – 5% but you only need 2-4% to wipe out any benefit gas has over coal in terms of climate impact.

At the recent COAG meeting of energy ministers, Frydenberg emphasised ‘the growing importance of gas as a transition fuel’ and all states including NSW committed to expanding onshore gas extraction. They are dreaming. We’ve proved over and over again, communities won’t let that happen! And doctors won’t let that happen! This is a deeply unpopular industry, and for very good reasons.

With climate change upon us we don’t have time for a transition fuel, but nor do we need one! We have cleaner and healthier alternatives right now.

The risks are so potentially serious, so difficult to manage and so likely to be long -lived, that any further development of unconventional gas in this country has to be seen as unwise and unhealthy.

 

Speech for AGL AGM 28 September, 2016

Carol Bennett
for the Knitting Nannas Against Gas gloucester.nannas@gmail.com 0408 233 094

 

AGL – a destroyer of dreams…. Imagine you’re a young couple, either with small children, or about to start your family; and you find the home of your dreams in a new estate near Camden, the price is right, fresh country air, close to shops and amenities, perfect for bringing up a family. There may have been the mention of coal seam gas wells, but if you ask you’re told “they’re not a problem “world’s best practice”– nothing to worry about”. So you scrimp together the money for a deposit, mortgage your life away and move in.

But the dream turns into a nightmare – your children unaccountably start having frequent severe nose bleeds that gush out like a ruptured artery; children and adults alike are suffering chronic headaches and hay-fever like symptoms; your hair starts falling out …… which is when you discover that there is nothing benign about living in a coal seam gasfield..

The possible health effects of living in a gas field can include headaches, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, coughs, seizures, nose bleeds, dermatitis, skin rashes, nose and throat irritations, burning and irritated eyes, difficulty breathing, genetic defects, to say nothing of the associated psychological issues. Children and older people are the most likely to be affected.

There are 90 gas wells in the Camden gasfield, some only between 40 to 200 meters from family homes and schools, as the 2 kilometre exclusion zone does not apply to CSG wells that had already been approved. Some houses have horizontal drilling underneath them.

AGL’s first leak detection report on the Camden Gas project in 2013, showed 9 of its CSG wells to be leaking. Their second leak detection report in 2014 showed 11 leaking, and the report for 2015 showed that 19 were leaking – 1 “significant” leak (over 50,000 parts per million methane) and 10 “major” gas leaks (10,000 – 50,000 parts per million methane). As you can see the number of leaking wells is continuing to rise.

According to a CSIRO report for the NSW Chief Scientist, odourless methane poses two potential hazards: as an asphyxiant displacing oxygen needed to breath, and being flammable at sufficient concentrations.

Dr Anthony Ingraffea, Distinguished Professor of Engineering from Cornell University, has cited industry figures that say 6.5% of all well casings fail initially, leading to methane migration. 60% fail over 20 years. They ALL fail over time. Why doesn’t the industry fix this systemic problem? BECAUSE THEY CAN’T!

In Queensland, QGC dismisses the families experiencing problems caused by living in the gasfields around Chinchilla and Tara as “collateral damage”.

AGL must be aware of the problems, but continually maintain that the wells pose no health problems to families in the area. They have announced that they will leave Camden in 2023, several years earlier than first planned. Australian Mothers Against Gas has collected over 10,000 signatures on petitions, urging AGL to close its Camden operation. But the company refuses to accept or acknowledge them. They have also refused to give a schedule of when the wells will be decommissioned, or to respond to a request for information about which chemicals were leaked into the Nepean River during a flooding event in June this year, when some of the wells were submerged.

This is not good enough Mr Vesey. No family should have to suffer health effects in their own homes. You have the blood of children on your hands, AGL, but you CAN remedy it. You like to market the company as a “green” energy supplier – Prove it! (we won’t mention here that you’re Australia’s largest greenhouse gas emitter).

The Knitting Nannas challenge you, Mr Vesey, to show you mean it when you say you want a clean green company, by immediately announcing a schedule to start decommissioning the wells, and close down the Camden operation as soon as possible, certainly well before 2023.

The Knitting Nannas also challenge all AGL shareholders to add their voices to this request, and to ask Mr Vesey and the Board to make it a priority to speed up the withdrawal and closure of the Camden gasfield, so that the families living there no longer have to suffer the health problems they currently face.

Do it for the children – they are the ones who are being put at risk

 

 

Annual Report 2015

Stop CSG Sydney Inc.

Stop CSG Sydney is a non-partisan group of concerned residents and citizens who are united around the following objectives:

1.   To permanently stop all coal seam gas and unconventional gas mining activities in St Peters, and across Sydney;

2.   To achieve a moratorium on coal seam gas and other unconventional gas mining projects pending the outcome of a Royal Commission into the long and short-term physical, social, economic and environmental impacts of the industry; and

3.   A ban on hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and similar coal bed ‘stimulation’ technologies and techniques.

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Stop CSG Sydney was formally incorporated on 5 April, 2012. We held our first Annual General Meeting on 27 October, 2013. We held our second Annual General Meeting on 28 September, 2014.

Introduction

The campaign against the unconventional gas industry in NSW over the last few years has been a huge success in slowing down, and in some places halting, the industry.

Just 5 years ago, the gas industry calculated that it could extend from Queensland on the spurious, but beguiling sales pitch of “once-in-a-generation economic opportunities for the state”.

Since 2011, ordinary folk — from the country and city — have forced the unconventional gas industry in NSW into a holding pattern in some instances and a retreat in others.

The community-led campaigns have changed the political landscape and shown what’s possible when movements unite to protect land and water.

However the campaign must continue because:

  • AGL continues to frack in Camden, and wants to in Gloucester;
  • Santos is pursuing its $2 billion Narrabri plan to frack in the Pilliga; and
  • Metgasco is determined to frack at Bentley near Lismore.

The NSW government has also just announced the end of the Petroleum Exploration Licence buy-back scheme, meaning it is open to sell new licences across the state.

Real protections for the Sydney catchment, agricultural land and areas which are close to residents have not been legislated.

Patient and informed networking has been the backbone of the numerous mass rallies, human signs, water walks, blockades, pickets, direct actions and lock ons. They all played a role in forcing the major parties to modify their pro-gas policies before the March state election.

Under pressure from its rural base, we saw the NSW Coalition launch its Gas Plan, cancelling several petroleum exploration licences (including the PEL 463 covering the Sydney Basin) before the March state election.

The NSW ALP also felt the pressure, and has now introduced a bill to rule out gas completely in important parts of NSW — including the water catchment, Pilliga and Northern Rivers.

In the March 2015 election, the National Party — split between support for the industry and needing rural votes — lost a seat to the Greens.

The NSW Coalition has now cancelled (and compensated licence holders) 15 exploration licences — scaling back the area covered by either exploration licences or applications from 60% to 9%.

These gains are significant .However, the campaigns must continue and Stop CSG Sydney is prepared to play its role and looks forward to the challenges.

We — the Stop CSG groups — have an opportunity to show our strength at the People’s Climate marches on November 29 timed to coincide with the United Nations Climate talks in Paris.

It’s important that we do take a stand, and suport the nation-wide marches, because allowing the unconventional gas industry to continue will make Australia a worse climate criminal than it already is.

Cancel the PEL 463 licence camapign

Over the last year our main campaign was to get the coal seam gas exploration licence covering the Sydney basin — PEL 463 — cancelled.

It was successful.

We devised a campaign which included:

  1. Researching the exploration licence history of the PEL;
  2. Appealing to the Energy Minister to:  A) not allow the licence to be sold to UK companyIgas: and B) cancel it on legal, environmental and common sense grounds;
  3. Getting community organisations to support the Cancel the Licence campaign, including University of Sydney National Tertiary Education Union as well as other Stop CSG Groups (CSG Free Western Sydney signed on and helped organise an action);
  4. Approaching local government to sign on. Pip Hinman and Adrienne Shilling addressed Marrickville Council about the campaign and council signed on (unanimously). Council also organised four banners across the LGA declaring Marrickville “CSG free”.
  5. Letter boxing and door knocking in the inner west about the licence cancellation campaign in the lead up to the elections. We approached the Labor, the Greens and Socialist Alliance to help out (and the latter did).
  6. Hosting an election forum with local candidates which included asking them to state their views on cancelling the licence covering the Sydney basin. All agreed with the campaign. On other CSG-related issues we drew up a score card for the website and FB site.
  7. Holding petition and information stalls in the Marrickville Local Government Area —including at Land, Water Future events, local markets, and Dulwich Hill, Marrickville and Newtown Festivals.
  8. Issuing many media releases which led to several articles being published in the local press.
  9. Successfully securing a meeting with the Office of Coal Seam Gas where Lou Steer, Pip Hinman and Daniel Robins (Lock the Gate Alliance) asked a series of questions about the state of the licences in NSW. (Lou Steer wrote up a detailed report for Stop CSG Sydney.)
  10. On March 7, the NSW energy minister Anthony Roberts announced he had cancelled PEL 463. Compensation was also given to the company.

Stop CSG Sydney would like to again thank Karol Florek for his efforts in undertaking the research work for this successful campaign.

CSG Western Sydney and Gasfield Free Northern Rivers groups also ran sympathetic “Cancel the Licence’’ as fracking was happening in the same licence.

Stop CSG Sydney had proposed a large-scale concentrated effort on this campaign to other Stop CSG groups.

Apart from CSG Western Sydney and Gasfield Free Northern Rivers, other anti-fracking groups were skeptical and while it would have been good to have had several “Cancel the Licence’’ campaigns going at the same time that did not happen.

However, when licences started getting cancelled — even with government compensation — everyone was heartened by the result.

Stop CSG Sydney meetings and events 2014-2015 

21 September, 2014: Supporting Land, Water Future event, Climate rally Glebe

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19 October, 2014: Launching the Cancel the Licence campaign at Marrickville Festival

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6 November, 2014: AGL AGM in Angel Place, Sydney (Photo: Pip Hinman)

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November, 2014: Supporting Gloucester residents in their campaign against AGL (Photos: Bernadette Smith)

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November 2014 Newtown Festival (Photo: Bernadette Smith)

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23 November, 2014: Mortdale RSL Combined Stop CSG Groups, pre State Election Meeting for Oatley Electorate about stopping Coal Seam Gas, speakers from Stop CSG Illawarra, The Australia Institute, Doctors for the Environment.

30 November, 2014: Hosted a water scientist Prof Stuart Khan, who contributed to the Chief Scientist’s report on unconventional gas which both the industry and activists believed helped their case.

December 2014: Council banner on display (Photos: Inner West Courier and Peter Boyle)

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December 2014: Supporting the Knitting Nannas’ campaign at MPs offices in Sydney

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28 February, 2015: Supporting the Walk for Water (Photo: Bernadette Smith)

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22 February, 2015: Scorecard of parties in Summer Hill electorate, including talk from Dr Helen Redmond from Drs for the Environment and Dan Robins from Lock the Gate.

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March: licence campaign with The Greens and Stop CSG activists (Photo: Peter Boyle)

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March: Licence cancelled

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PEL 463

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19 April, 2015: Hosted talks with Camden activists and discussions with combined Stop CSG groups re PEL 2, Gloucester and Pillaga.

29 May, 2105: Occupied Country film screening with the filmmaker Jake Lloyd Jones. The film covered a group of NSW farmers who travelled to Tara to meet Queensland farmers and learn about the dangers of unconventional gas. (Photo: Pip Hinman)

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March 25 and June 24 2015: Supported Frackman screenings, and attended a few with a Stop CSG Sydney stall.

July 2015: Pip presented on behalf of Stop CSG Sydney to the national Students of Sustainability conference in Adelaide along with Doctors for the Environment.

Stalls at various markets:


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May, 2015: Addison Road Market stall (Photo: Pip Hinman)

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22 August, 2015: Eco-living festival at Annandale (Photo: Pip Hinman)

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Supporting the weekly pickets of AGL (Photo Bernadette Smith)

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August 2015: Supporting the Greens bill to outlaw CSG in NSW (Photos: Pip Hinman)

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We have engaged with communities across NSW about the dangers of unconventional gas, including supporting communities in Camden and Gloucester who are fighting AGL’s drilling and plans to drill.

Petitions

We helped promote the following petitions:

  1. Cancel the licence covering Sydney (for much of the last part of 2014 and the first part of 2015).
  2. Petition to clean up all processes associated with the approvals,   licensing and regulation of the unconventional gas industry.

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Events with other CSG/combined groups

23 November, 2014: Mortdale RSL Combined Stop CSG Groups, pre State Election Meeting for Oatley Electorate about stopping Coal Seam Gas, speakers from Stop CSG Illawarra, The Australia Institute, Doctors for the Environment.

19 April, 2015: held post election discussion with Combined Stop CSG groups to review PEL 2, Gloucester and Pillaga focus.

We have joined others, every Wednesday, from across Sydney and country areas to protest outside AGL’s headquarters in North Sydney against the NSW Government’s announcement to support its plans to start fracking more CSG wells in Gloucester.

Thanks to Elle Flikier for all the technical support at our meetings and events. Thanks to Bernadette Smith and Pip Hinman for the pictures of our campaign work.

We regularly promote actions and activities related to unconventional gas drilling in threatened areas other than our own immediate patch — notably in Bentley, Gloucester and the Pilliga Forest.

Regular meetings

For most of the year, Stop CSG Sydney has been holding meetings on a bi-monthly basis. We have held committee meetings every month at 22 Mountain Street, Ultimo.

We have had one meeting with the other Stop CSG groups concerned about the water catchment on October 25, 2014. (Since then PEL 2 — covering the water catchment areas — has been cancelled.)

Website

It has not been possible to keep stopcsgsydney.org.au up to date during this past year. We are working on a plan to make sure it is regularly updated in 2016.

Facebook

Our main public face has been the Stop CSG Sydney FB page. Thanks to Lou Steer and Pip Hinman for keeping it up to date with our activities, those of other Stop CSG groups and other informational articles.

Newsletter

Thanks to Pip Hinman we have our newsletter going out to our extensive mailing list fortnightly. It acts as a news vehicle as well as promoting events aimed at stopping unconventional gas across NSW.

Stalls and Festivals

Part of Stop CSG’s role is to raise awareness about coal seam gas and its effects on our environment, communities and economies.

We have a part to play in educating people who might otherwise not have heard about CSG or may only be vaguely aware of it.

We always need more volunteers to help educate the people who visit our stalls at events and markets and it is a great way to learn about the issues.

Throughout the year Jenny Seymour has efficiently and reliably co-ordinated volunteers and organised stalls at various venues in the Marrickville municipality, other inner west areas and across Sydney, as follows:

  • Dulwich Hill Village Fair, 14 Sep, 2014
  • Randwick Eco Living Fair, 14 Sep, 2014 (thanks to Rose McMillan for coordinating)
  • Marrickville Festival, 19 Oct, 2014
  • Newtown Festival, 9 Nov, 2104
  • Addison Rd Marrickville Organic Market, 15 Feb, 2105
  • Orange Grove Organic Market, 14 Mar, 2015
  • Frackman stall Dendy Newtown Cinema, 25 Mar, 2015
  • Addison Rd Marrickville Organic Market, 24 May, 2015
  • Frackman stall Roseville Cinema, 24 Jun, 2015
  • Students of Sustainability conference, 4 Jul, 2015 (thanks to Pip  for presenting alongside Doctors for the Environment at this popular students’ conference)
  • Hunters Hill Festival (shared with OLOWOF), 2 Aug, 2015
  • Footprints Eco Festival Annandale  23 Aug, 2015
  • 100th week of AGL protests, 2 Sep, 2015 (thanks to Adrienne)
  • Randwick Eco Living Fair, 13 Sep, 2015 (thanks to Rose McMillan for coordinating).

A special mention here goes to all the volunteers who turn up to help on stalls throughout the year, you are on the front line of our community education work.

Finances

Thanks to the income generated from stalls and Paul Benedek’s financial management our finances remained in a healthy position throughout the year.

(The financial report will be tabled at our AGM on November 14.)

Summary – the way forward

Despite a lot of progress being made — including the pro-gas ALP changing its position and trying to get legislation through the NSW parliament to protect a large part of NSW from the unconventional gas industry — the Baird government seems happy to support drilling in the Camden area, Gloucester and the Pilliga. It has also just announced that NSW is open for fracking business (see above).

It remains to be seen what the attitude will be to Metgasco’s push to get back to Bentley, near Lismore.

While we can and should do what we can to help communities that are on the front line, including visiting the protest camp at Gloucester — we are supporting the state-wide campaign to ban CSG.

We will help promote the People’s Climate March on November 29 as a way of helping promote the need to rapid change away from polluting fossil-fuels such as unconventional gas.

Our campaign stalls and information events are aimed at continuing to draw attention to the government’s contradictory stance towards unconventional gas.

However, given that the immediate threat to the inner west has now gone, our campaign work more involves supporting others on the frontlines.

Stop CSG Sydney remains a dynamic, local, grassroots community group with a place for anyone who is concerned about this risky, invasive industry.

I would like to thank the Committee for their wonderful efforts during the past year. If not for the team’s dedication, Stop CSG Sydney would not have been able to do all the campaigning it has over this past year — even without an immediate threat.

Pip Hinman
President

October 12, 2015

Notice of AGM – Saturday 14th November

Stop CSG Sydney will be holding its AGM for 2015 at Newtown Neighbourhood Centre on Saturday November 14 at 4pm (after hearing from Julie Lyford and Melinda Wilson from 2.30pm). The ECOPELLA choir will be performing some of their fantastic anti-fracking songs in the Newtown plaza beforehand. 

You can rsvp to the official facebook invite or turn up on the day!

Flyer for AGM 2015
Flyer for AGM 2015

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over 2015 and encourage you to join or rejoin Stop CSG Sydney for 2016.( $20/10 concession). We need you to help make NSW CSG Free!

Please fill in the form (attached);

Stop CSG Membership Form_2015

You can deposit your membership direct at:

Bendigo Bank:

Stop CSG Sydney Inc

BSB 633000

Account Number 153872593

(Please leave your name)

Stopping CSG: What does the NSW Chief Scientist’s report mean for the campaign?

This is Stop CSG Sydney’s last meeting for 2014, and it will be a very interesting one.

Stuart Khan, an engineer from the Universty of NSW, is our guest speaker.

He contributed to the findings of the Chief Scientist’s report on the management and risks associated with produced water from CSG mining.

The CSG industry says it gives the ‘green light’ for increased CSG production.

Anti-CSG activists point to the report’s warning of ‘unintended consequences’.

Stuart was also an expert reviewer of the final report. He will present his perspective of the final report and its implications for the CSG industry and affected communities.

The NSW government has recently released its NSW CSG plan which, it says, is based on accepting all the Chief Scientist’s recommendations.

Come along and find out more. Afternoon tea will be available.

Join and share the Facebook event.

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CAN YOU JOIN THE GLOUCESTER GROUNDSWELL THIS WEEKEND?

Groundswell Gloucester needs your help!

Volunteers have already been out doorknocking the town to survey residents with regards to Coal Seam Gas. And they plan to complete the survey across the entire town over the next two weekends. They will also take peaceful action and have fun along the way. You’re welcome at all the activities or simply one of them for an hour or two.

Doorknocking is an effective way to engage and inform Gloucester residents. We’ll have a simple survey to ask their views. Never door knocked before? You will be provided with a doorknocking kit, Q&A, a brief training and an experienced buddy to doorknock with.

Community actions are a key way to build the visibility of community opposition to CSG fracking. The Gloucester community has been holding a community vigil and regular walks from town to the fracking site. There are lots of different roles to play – please consider coming along!

Whats happening on the weekends?

Fri 31 Oct:
Paddling down the river;
5pm meet and greet by the river, weekend briefing [ exact location TBC ].

Sat 1 Nov:
9am; morning peaceful action. Meet at Ted Woolford rest area.
12noon; meet at Ted Woolford rest area for door knocking briefing (bring a picnic lunch).
1-4pm; door knocking / surveying residents

Sun 2 Nov:
9am; meet at Ted Woolford rest area for door knocking briefing
10am – 1pm; door knocking / surveying residents

 

Fri 7 Nov: bushwalk, meet and greet by the river, weekend briefing [ exact location TBC ].

Sat 8 Nov: morning peaceful action – meet at Ted Woolford rest area.
12noon; meet at Ted Woolford rest area for door knocking briefing (bring a picnic lunch).
1-4pm; door knocking / surveying residents

Sun 9 Nov:
9am; meet at Ted Woolford rest area for door knocking briefing
10am-1pm; door knocking / surveying residents.

For more information & to RSVP, visit;
http://members.landwaterfuture.org.au/visitgloucester

 

Annual Report 2014

Stop CSG Sydney Inc.

 Annual Report 2014

Stop CSG Sydney is a non-partisan group of concerned residents and citizens who are united around the following objectives:

1.      To permanently stop all coal seam gas and unconventional gas mining activities in St Peters, and across Sydney;

2.      To achieve a moratorium on coal seam gas and other unconventional gas mining projects pending the outcome of a Royal Commission into the long and short-term physical, social, economic and environmental impacts of the industry; and

3.      A ban on hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and similar coal bed ‘stimulation’ technologies and techniques.

Stop CSG Sydney was formally incorporated on 5 April 2012. We held our first Annual General Meeting on 27 October 2013. Over the last year, we have conducted numerous activities towards achieving the above objectives.

 Those activities include:

Petitions

We helped promote the following petitions:

·         Shoalhaven:  Protect the Shoalhaven’s land and water – a CSG-free Shoalhaven;

·         Blue Mountains: Clean up all processes associated with the approvals, licensing and regulation of the unconventional  gas industry;

·         Illawarra/Water catchments:  Save our Water Catchment Areas (www.s-o-w-c-a.org).

And we have attended several petition presentations at NSW Parliament followed by debates in the lower house (Legislative Assembly), most recently supporting the North West Alliance.

We are now running our own petition to ask the NSW Government to Cancel the PEL 463 Licence that covers St Peters and a large proportion of the Sydney basin.

We held events or joined with other CSG/combined groups

·         Attended National Day of Climate Action on 17 November;

·         With NSW Greens on 22 February, co-hosted at Leichhardt Town Hall a presentation by John Fenton, Wyoming Farmer from USA who toured NSW to reveal the devastating impacts of unconventional gas drilling on his farm and in his local community;

·         On May 25, screened the documentary Fractured Country, an unconventional invasion at Dulwich Hill.  We invited Nell Schofield local co-ordinator of Our Land Our Water Our Future to introduce the film;

·         Assisted OLOWOF and Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle at their event at Leichhardt Town Hall on 12 June “Don’t Undermine our Water”.  Special guests from the Bentley Blockade Jarmbi (Githabul Ngarakwal) and Simon Clough, Lismore Councillor and Chair of Lock the Gate Alliance educated and inspired us;

·         Attended a forum following the screening of Anna Broinowski’s film Aim High in Creation at Chauvel Cinema on 15 June.  Along with Anna, panel participants were Paddy Manning, journalist, Nell Schofield from OLOWOF and Stop CSG Sydney’s Vice President, Pip Hinman;

·         Supported Stop CSG McArthur – Protect ourWater Community Forum on 29 June at Ingleburn.  Speakers included Jess Moore from Stop CSG Illawarra, Helen Redmond from Doctors for the Environment and Mark Ogge from the Australia Institute. Several Labor and Greens politicians also attended and answered questions from the floor;

·         Joined with thousands of other protesters at the March in March, March in May and the Bust the Budget rally on 6 July;

·         Held a forum with Lismore author/ activist and environmental lawyer, Aidan Ricketts, at Newtown Neighbourhood Centre on 25 July at which he gave an overview of the Bentley Blockade near Lismore against imminent unconventional gas drilling by Metgasco;

·         Co-hosted the Knitting Nannas Against Gas with OLOWOF on 9 August at apresentation of their film at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre;

·         Since 7 August, almost every Thursday, we have joined others from across Sydney and country areas to protest outside AGL’s headquarters in North Sydney against the Government’s announcement to support its plans to start fracking more CSG wells in Gloucester. It was at one of these demonstrations that Sydney campaigners presented a statement to an AGL official calling on the Company to commit “In good faith, to not conducting any coal seam gas activity within two kilometres of homes” at the Waukivory Pilot project near Gloucester;

·         Attended an OLOWOF event at Parliament House on 16 September, which included a film screening of Fractured Country and talks by Julie Lyford (Gloucester Groundswell), Mark Ogge (Australia Institute) and Michael Caton (actor);

·         Provided Stop CSG Sydney panel speaker Adrienne Shilling to join Julie Lyford, Melissa Haswell and Mark Ogge at OLOWOF-hosted public event at Blacktown on 16 September and screening of Fractured Country;  and

·         Lou Steer and Sandy Thompson spoke in support of a motion at the Marrickville Council meeting on 15 September to divest from fossil fuels, highlighting the role of coal seam gas (which is actually methane gas) in contributing to climate change.

Thanks to Brian Martin and Elle Flikier, we have had a great technical team when showing movies and audio-visual presentations at our meetings and events.

We regularly promote actions and activities related to unconventional gas drilling in threatened areas other than our own immediate patch – notably in Bentley, Gloucester and the Pilliga Forest.

Blockades 

Josie Evans and Petra Liverani attended the blockade in the Pilliga State Forest in February 2014 to experience first hand the devastation caused.  Of particular note was that aquifer poisoning had recently been revealed.  Uranium leakage at 20 times the acceptable levels was allegedly caused by an exploratory well in the Pilliga Forest at Bibblewindi.  This was uncovered by the Wilderness Society and some local farmers who acquired documents through FOI.  There are currently 54 CSG wells in the Pilliga Forest.  Santos plans to drill a total of 850 gas wells.

Sandy Thompson and Pip Hinman attended the Bentley blockade near Lismore in the Northern Rivers Region in May 2014. They were able to participate in and observe the operation of the protectors’ camp, and took part in the discussions to assess what the licence suspension of Metgasco meant, and next steps to stopping the CSG rollout in NSW.  It was from this experience that the idea arose for Stop CSG Sydney to develop its “Cancel the Licence” (for PEL 463) campaign.

Held or attended meetings 

Our group holds Committee meetings each month, usually at Alpha House, Erskineville.  Thank-you Zio Le Deux for arranging this venue.  We have averaged one general meeting per month held at Seaview Street Community Hall in Dulwich Hill. Thanks to Adrienne Shilling for arranging venues, agendas, minutes and following up on organisational tasks.

In addition, representatives from our Committee attended two meetings of the combined Stop CSG groups’ network made up of Stop CSG groups from across Sydney, the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains. These meetings were held in Thirroul in April and Campbelltown in August and are an important way for groups to share their knowledge, resources, plans and strategies.  Another combined meeting is scheduled for Newtown on 25 October.

Website 

Thanks to Elle and Brian we are improving the look and feel of our website stopcsgsydney.org.au and special thanks to Stop CSG Illawarra for creating a generic stopcsg.org website with links to local groups including ours.

Newsletter

Thanks to Pip Hinman we have a regular newsletter going out to our extensive mailing list fortnightly.

Stalls and Festivals 

Part of Stop CSG’s role is to raise awareness about coal seam gas and its effects on our environment, communities and economies. We have a part to play in educating people who might otherwise not have heard about CSG or may only be vaguely aware of it. We always need more volunteers to help educate the people who visit our stalls at events and markets and it is a great way to learn about the issues. Throughout the past year, Jenny Seymour has efficiently and reliably co-ordinated volunteers and organised stalls at various venues in the Marrickville municipality, other inner west areas and across Sydney, as follows:

·         The Greens and Socialist Alliance both supported us at Newtown Festival by stocking our merchandise and resources – 10 November 2013

·         Orange Grove Organic Market Lilyfield – 15 February 2014

·         John Fenton talk, Leichhardt with the Greens – 22 February

·         Paddington Market, 22 February, 10 May and 2 August

·         Addison Road Organic Market, Marrickville, 23 March

·         Newtown Market, 24 May

·         Bondi Farmers Market, 5 July

·         OLOWOF – “Don’t Undermine Our Water” Bentley talk and film night, Leichhardt – 12 June

·         Footprints Eco Festival – Annandale  24 August

·         Randwick Eco Living Fair, 14 September, thanks to Rose McMillan for co-ordinating this one

·         Dulwich Hill Village Fair – 14 September

Two more stalls are planned for Marrickville Fair (19 October) and Newtown Festival (9 November).

A special mention here goes to all the volunteers who turn up to help on stalls throughout the year, you are on the front line of our community education work.

Thanks to the income generated from stalls and Paul Benedek’s financial management our finances remained in a healthy position throughout the year.

Campaigns

Pip Hinman and Karol Florek led have led our campaign to Cancel the Licence (PEL 463) which governs St Peters and much of the Sydney Basin.  This has included writing to Minister for Resources, Anthony Roberts asking him to cancel the licence held by Dart Energy.  At Dart Energy’s AGM on 10 September it was agreed by shareholders that the company be sold to UK-based company IGas.  However, IGas wants to sell off all Australian Dart assets.  Stop CSG is concerned this could mean another  CSG company in Australia might buy Dart assets and wait for the market to improve before using PEL 463 to ramp up drilling within the Sydney basin.

 Other action planned for this campaign includes putting a motion to Marrickville Council asking it to support our call to cancel the licence and to declare the local area gasfield-free, and for the Council to write to the Energy Minister also to request cancelling the PEL 463.

We held two simultaneous rallies on 1 September at Sydney Park St Peters and at Cronulla, to highlight our concerns.  We received local media coverage in the August and September 2014 editions of the Inner City Weekender newspaper and in The Leader, Cronulla, and also in Green Left Weekly on 23 August.

 To date, the Minister’s office has formally replied indicating they are waiting for the Office of Coal Seam Gas to review PEL 463 and all other licences in NSW so no definitive information about PEL 463 has yet been forthcoming.

Summary – the way forward

With the NSW State election looming on 28 March 2015, Stop CSG Sydney still has much work to do.  The Baird Government has already made it clear they support a rapid increase in CSG drilling in the Camden area, Gloucester and the Pilliga, to name the most well-known.

While we can and should do what we can to help communities that are on the front line, including visiting the protest camp at Gloucester – we are supporting the state-wide campaign against CSG through our campaign to have the PEL 463 extinguished.

 Through our lobbying, we continue to draw attention to the Government’s contradictory stance of allowing a CSG company to be able to hold more than four million people and their fresh water supply to ransom, while asserting that all urban areas and some regional areas are not under threat.

Stop CSG Sydney is a dynamic, local, grassroots community group with a place for anyone who is concerned about this risky, invasive industry. I would like to thank the Committee for their dedicated efforts during the past year. I encourage anyone who is thinking of being involved in this group to make your own contribution within your own area of skills or interest. I have gained skills and experience and life-long friends during the three years that I have been active in this group.  Although I am leaving Sydney, I will continue this fight and look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with you on the front lines until our land and water are secure.

Sandy Thompson

President

22 September 2014

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MARRICKVILLE COUNCIL SIGNS ON TO THE CAMPAIGN TO CANCEL THE COAL SEAM GAS LICENSE COVERING SYDNEY BASIN

MEDIA RELEASE; October 14, 2014

 

Stop CSG Sydney President Pip Hinman has welcomed Marrickville Council’s decision at its meeting tonight to support the campaign to extinguish the CSG licence covering the whole of the Sydney basin.

The unanimous council decision came on the same day as the Minister for Energy and Resources Anthony Roberts announced he had cancelled three PELs in NSW.

“We’re very proud to have Marrickville council on board. It has twice spoken out in support of the residents’ campaign against coal seam gas.  Now, it has taken a further step”, said Ms Hinman.

“The council has now committed itself to a campaign to put pressure on the state government in the lead-up to the March 2015 elections to cancel the PEL 463 which extends across the Sydney basin. It will write to the minister asking that he cancel the licence, and it will publicise the issues across the Marrickville LGA.

“Council has committed to educate the LGA about the dangers of unconventional gas mining, and will erect signs around Marrickville declaring that it is a council which does not support coal seam gas.

“It has also committed to investigate a non-binding poll in the 2016 council elections on CSG as a way of adding pressure to get the licence extinguished – if it hasn’t already been cancelled”, said Ms Hinman.

Adrienne Shilling, who also spoke at the council meeting on behalf of the group, said:

“Most Marrickville residents would not be aware that there is a current licence to drill for coal seam gas (CSG) – mainly covering residential areas – across Marrickville and the Sydney basin”.

“And they wouldn’t know that the minister has given approval for Dart Energy to sell that licence to to a UK company IGas which states it doesn’t want to hold Australian assets”.

“The licence expires in October 2015. This means that CSG exploration remains a possibility – possibly after being sold back to a company with licences where fracking is already underway”.

“We want the NSW minister to cancel the licence now. Given the new 2-kilometre buffer zone laws, and the community opposition to CSG drilling, it is an anachronism that there still is a licence to drill in an area where more than 4 million people live and work”, said Ms Shilling.

A hard-fought community campaign over 2011-2012, supported by Marrickville Council, helped stop Dart Energy’s test drill plans for St Peters.

Council supported the local residents’ community group, Stop CSG Sydney (formerly Sydney Residents Against Coal Seam Gas) in its quest to put a stop to a test drill just metres from schools and parks and homes.

 

Marrickville Council passed the following motion:

1. Supports Stop CSG Sydney’s campaign for the extinguishment of the licence held by Dart Energy to drill for coal seam gas that is in operation over the Sydney basin including parts of the Marrickville Local Government Area (PEL 463);

2. Calls on NSW Minister for Resources and Energy Minister Roberts to cancel the licence now under his current powers; and

3. Commits to supporting the campaign by:

a. Writing to the Energy and Resources Minister outlining its concerns about CSG drilling, fracking and the impact of CSG mining on groundwater, and urging the Minister not to allow the licence to be bought by UK company IGas;

b. Advertising this motion and the campaign in the next Marrickville council newsletter and on its website;

c. Erecting signs around the Marrickville LGA that it a ‘Coal Seam Gas Free’ council;

d. Committing to investigate a non-binding poll the 2016 council elections on CSG (to be run by the NSW electoral Commission) to assist the campaign to get the CSG licence extinguished (if it hasn’t already been cancelled).

Media comment:
Pip Hinman: 0412 139 968
Adrienne Shilling: 0411 550 849

STOP CSG SYDNEY

NSW CHIEF SCIENTIST WARNS OF CSG RISKS

MEDIA RELEASE October 3, 2014

 

A long-awaited report by the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer was tabled on September 30.

The Independent Review of Coal Seam Gas Activities in NSW, commissioned on February 21, 2013 by then Premier Barry O’Farrell, confirms the risks associated with CSG, notes many unknowns remain, and says government regulation of the industry needs to be overhauled.

The recommendations focus on how to develop the industry, not if or under what conditions development would be considered safe. The risks can be managed, the Review states (on page 10).

“In particularly sensitive areas, such as in and near drinking water catchments, risk management needs to be of high order with particularly stringent requirements on companies operating there in terms of management, data provision, insurance cover and incident-response times.’

The report confirms the risks that community members have been talking about for years. It states that unknowns remain and says that regulation of CSG by the NSW Government needs an overhaul.

The report also notes: “… it is inevitable that the CSG industry will have some unintended consequences, including as the result of accidents, human error, and natural disasters”.

Stop CSG Sydney believes that ‘unintended consequences’ with the industry is enough reason to immediately rule out mining in water catchment areas and adopt the precautionary principle across the rest of NSW until the science shows it is safe.

CSG exploration and mining always involves unearthing water that is high in salt and methane, and can contain toxic and radioactive compounds and heavy metals. It involves damage to aquifers, methane leaks and industrial development that are incompatible with our drinking water catchments.

CSG: Not here! Not anywhere!

 

Read the Chief Scientists’ report report here.

See Liberal MP Lee Evans’ reponse here.

See Stop CSG Illwarra’s response here.

See Lock the Gate Alliance’s response here.

See NSW Greens response here.

See Sydney Morning Herald report here.