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Coal Seam Gas Forum

By 9 March 2012 4

4 April 2012
6:00 pm

As Australia scopes out alternatives to coal and oil, attention is increasingly turning to Coal Seam Gas (CSG). Australia’s latest Energy White Paper suggests we are entering the golden age of gas and it forecasts that the CSG industry will triply by 2030. Already comprising 13% of Australia’s domestic gas supply and heralded as emitting 70% fewer emissions than coal, a range of questions surround CSG’s suitability as an energy alternative. These include its effects on the climate, local groundwater, soil, animal and human health and biodiversity. Hosted in Canberra, the seat of Federal Parliament and a city in which gas is being proposed as a major option for meeting our greenhouse gas mitigation targets, this forum aims to boost the national profile of this important issue.

Guest Panel Includes:

Senator Larissa Waters
The Australian Greens

Dr Gavin Mudd
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Engineering, Monash University

Carmel Flint
Lock the Gate & the North West Environment Council

Ruth Armstrong
Queensland Grain & Cotton Farmer

Sean Munro
Australian Student Environment Network

WHEN: 18:00 for a 18:15 start, Wednesday 4th April
WHERE: Pilgrim Conference Centre, 69 Northbourne Ave, Canberra
CONTACT: RATTENBURY@parliament.act.gov.au 6205 0005

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4 Responses to Coal Seam Gas Forum
#1
Diggety1:40 pm, 10 Mar 12

Is this a forum, or a faith based lecture? Going off the panel members I’ll guarantee it’s the latter.

I understand the wide reaching concerns of gas fired energy generation and the associated issues in the extraction process, and gas certainly isn’t my favoured option. But it is the interim lesser of two evils, and necessary in a nation with such limited technological options open.

This will just be an attempt to support Shane Rattenbury’s unrealistic and demonstrably misleading ‘Weathering the Climate’ plan.

Just because this is a relatively small area and population to cover in local Governance, does not excuse the need for proper research and consultation for a low carbon energy plan.

#2
HenryBG10:53 pm, 10 Mar 12

Diggety said :

But it is the interim lesser of two evils, and necessary in a nation with such limited technological options open.

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I’m curious as to what data informs your opinion: what are the “two evils” and what is it about “evil” coal seam gas which makes it more suitable as an “interim” for whatever the “evil” alternative is?

As far as I see it, you have technologies that are expensive, based on a dwindling non-renewable resource and make a mess of the environment, and then you have technologies which run on free fuel, pollution-free.

But I’m sure you can rationalise your false dichotomy for us.

#3
Diggety3:47 am, 11 Mar 12

HenryBG said :

Diggety said :

But it is the interim lesser of two evils, and necessary in a nation with such limited technological options open.

.

I’m curious as to what data informs your opinion: what are the “two evils” and what is it about “evil” coal seam gas which makes it more suitable as an “interim” for whatever the “evil” alternative is?

As far as I see it, you have technologies that are expensive, based on a dwindling non-renewable resource and make a mess of the environment, and then you have technologies which run on free fuel, pollution-free.

But I’m sure you can rationalise your false dichotomy for us.

The lesser of ‘two evils’ I refer to are coal vs gas.

Recalibrate the rest of your argument please, Henry.

#4
Pandy7:40 am, 11 Mar 12

Any one who denies my right to clean gastro power and spin offs, is a fracking moron.

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