Coal Seam Gas, Yes or No?

By: Jonathon Cant, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 09 Sep 2011

Coal Seam Gas, our next viable energy solution or environmental issue?

There is much debate at the moment about the viability of the tapping of Coal Seam Gas (CSG) as a new energy resource for Australia.

CSG is a naturally occuring combination of Methane, Carbon Dioxide, various Hydrocarbons and Nitrogen that can be tapped as an energy resource.

Geoscience Australia has a fact sheet on CSG, click here to have a read and learn more. However, in a recent article from The Age newspaper there have been concerns expressed about the contamination of natural resources, during the extraction process of CSG.

  • Is it a viable energy resource or just a stop-gap measure?
  • Do its benefits outweigh the environmental degredation it may cause?
  • Should we really be putting our resources into this, or should we focus on more renewable energies?

What do you think?