By: Isabelle Kingsley, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 26 Sep 2011
The Coal Seam Gas (CSG) industry has recently launched an advertising campaign to try and convince the public of the safety and economic benefit of gas wells. But not everyone is convinced.
Coal seam gas (CSG) is a natural gas which collects in underground coal seams and is extracted through wells drilled into the seams. Coal seam gas is used in the same ways as natural gas, fuelling heaters and stoves, and generating electricity.
The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) member companies, including AGL, Santos, Origin Energy, British Gas, PetroChina, Shell, and ConocoPhillips, have financed a four to six week We Want CSG advertising campaign.
The campaign aims to give out “the facts—not myths—about the Coal Seam Gas industry”, stating that:
Although it all sounds great, people have formed an alliance support to “Lock the Gate” to the industry. People have come together to hear from experts and other people whose lives have already been impacted by the CSG industry. They have signed petitions and lobbied their local politicians.
The Lock the Gate Alliance hopes to protect Australia's cultural and agricultural resources from inappropriate mining. Their concerns are that:
What do you think? Should we be embracing CSG as a safe and economically beneficial resource or fighting to keep it out of our communities?