There is mounting evidence that CSG mining poses substantial risks. Stop CSG Illawarra formed to express community concern about these risks, including:
■Threats to water systems and supplies
■Above ground footprint
■Related seismic activity; and
■Insufficient research and community engagement in CSG determinations.
Concern about these risks is why Stop CSG Illawarra calls for:
■A freeze on CSG exploration and mining
■A royal commission into the impacts of CSG development
■A ban on fracking
■A ban on CSG development in drinking water catchments
CSG exploration licences cover most of the Illawarra, and more applications have been lodged. Four pilot wells have been drilled, one in Darkes Forest and three in conjunction with Metropolitan Colliery.
Sixteen exploration wells in the northern Illawarra have also been granted development consent – all in and around drinking water catchments – though this consent is currently invalid. Sustained opposition from the local community delayed drilling past project expiry dates and an administrative error by the owners saw a renewal application lodged late.
We encourage you to take a deeper look at the risks involved with CSG and the situation in the Illawarra, then judge for yourself.
- ‘Call to Action – the Time is Now!’ (peterbdunn.wordpress.com)
- Possible risk to fish from CSG water (bigpondnews.com)
- Farmers want protection from CSG (news.com.au)
- Statement from Australian Gas Protesters (earthfirstnews.wordpress.com)
- ‘Farmers’ friend’ to guide NSW on CSG (news.com.au)
- CSG water may pose risk to coast: experts (news.com.au)
- CSG International Unveils Indian Cable Industry Research Findings in Mumbai (sys-con.com)