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#1245481 - 03/03/2014 18:38 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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Listen to Alan Jones scathing report on fracking and government corruption behind it. If you aren't convinced how dangerous it is to our water and food after listening, you never will. http://www.2gb.com/audioplayer/34656#.UxQn84Ws9r8
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#1245721 - 04/03/2014 20:30 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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John Fenton speaking at Pilliga Protectors Camp, 27 Feb 2014
http://vimeo.com/88051590
Introduced by Megan Kuhn from Northwest Alliance (NSW Australia) here's John Fenton ('Gasland'), a rancher from Wyoming USA, speaking to a crowd of farmers in the Pilliga Forest (south of Narrabri NSW), a region threatened by invasive gasfields.
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#1245722 - 04/03/2014 20:33 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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Gasland director baffled by no-show of film in Australia
http://www.echo.net.au/2014/03/gasland-director-baffled-show-film-australia/

Luis Feliu

The Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker whose film Gasland lit a fuse under the coal-seam gas (CSG) industry told a Byron Bay audience on Saturday he’s baffled as to why his latest followup is not being promoted in Australia.

Josh Fox’s Gasland Part II documentary, one of the feature-films Byron Bay International Film Festival, has recently been released in the US and is set for distribution by a cable-TV company part-owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

But Fox has expressed fears his latest followup documentary, which includes an Australian perspective on the CSG boom, may not get to the much wider Australian audience expected.

During a live video link up from his US home to the Byron film festival audience which had just watched his film at the Byron Community Centre, Fox said there appeared to be a holdup with the distribution company/cable network in Australia, and he had hoped it would already have been released.

‘I’m confused and disappointed why this is so,’ he told the audience, some who audibly gasped when Rupert Murdoch’s name was mentioned in relation to the potential link to the film rights in Australia.

(Subscription television provider Foxtel, part owned by Murdoch’s News Corp empire, owns the licensed distribution rights for Gasland Part II).

Fox said the documentary arm of the giant US cable-tv network HBO had been ‘fantastic’ and the company’s reach into the homes of 40 million viewers around the US would be a boon for the Gasland documentaries.

Fox told the Byron audience the latest film highlighted how democracy was being hijacked by the powerful gas and energy industries all around the world.

He said the taking away of ordinary rights of people to protect their water and food land was the greatest risk and people should fight in every peaceful way they knew how.

Gasland Part II showed the long term impacts of the controversial practice of fracking blamed for poisoning underground water supplies and causing earthquakes and health impacts.

The film shows how just one gas well can soon become a huge barren wasteland, forcing locals off their land in the US.

It also showed how governments operate hand in glove with the CSG industry.

Fox told the Byron audience he was impressed with the local campaign by Lock the Gate when he toured Australia recently to see and film the southeast Queensland gasfields, including a segment on the impacts there as part of the latest documentary.

He also encouraged people to continue the fight in Australia by every peaceful means available, in response to a question from a member of the audience who asked why his latest film lacked footage of any direct-action civil disobedience campaigns by some against CSG.

(The anti-CSG campaigns on the northern rivers have seen some people use actions which led to arrests at Doubtful Creek near Kyogle and Glenugie near Grafton last year.)

Fox, one of the most prominent public critics of fracking, shows in his latest film how he was arrested in 2012 during a US House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on hydraulic fracturing when he attempted to videotape proceedings.
Road blocked

Meanwhile, at the proposed gas-drilling site at Bentley near Lismore where campaigners have set up a camp, a new protest group has joined the blockade at the proposed drilling site.

The group by the name of ‘The Front Line Against Gas’ (FLAG) issued a press statement yesterday against Metgasco’s planned tight sand gas exploration project.

FLAG, according to spokesperson Naomi Tarrant, is ‘a loose alliance of farmers, locals, landowners and business owners who have united in their opposition to gasfields in the northern rivers’.

‘We are a diverse group of residents of this region who are distressed at the impending high risk activities that Metgasco has planned,’ Ms Tarrant said.

‘Today, Monday, 3 March, an installation was found that blocks the road to Metgasco’s planned tight sand gas exploration project as the protest against Metgasco’s planned activities heats up,’ she said.

‘This unsafe industry threatens our water, our air, our health and our livelihoods with its toxic activities.

‘Metgasco wants to drill a two-kilometre deep gas well that will most likely require hydraulic fracturing or fracking, just 14 kilometres upstream from Lismore CBD.

‘With operational activities scheduled to begin any day now, someone has blocked the main drive to the planned exploration site.’

‘FLAG is prepared to use non-violent direct action to safely protest and halt any upcoming operational activities.

‘The majority of the northern rivers community is opposed to the establishment of invasive industrial gasfields and the NSW Chief Scientist’s report on health and safety risks of gas mining is still outstanding.

‘Yet despite the lack of social license and the lack of proper risk assessment, the state government and Metgasco are moving recklessly ahead,’ she said.
Legal campground

Campaigners have secured a legal temporary camp ground approval for up to 200 people near the site.

Richmond Valley Council and Gasfield Free Northern Rivers, acting on behalf of landholders David and John Scarrabelotti, have done a deal to formalise the campsite next to the property where Metgasco proposes to drill.

Bentley local Ross Joseph welcomed the approval, saying it ‘shows that the people of Bentley and the northern rivers are committed to protecting our land and water from gasfield industrialisation’.

‘This camp is open to people of the northern rivers who are committed to keeping our beautiful farmland gasfield free through peaceful direct action and non-violent protest,’ Mr Joseph said.

‘It’s a “working camp” for those with big hearts and cool heads who want to contribute through volunteering, donations and logistical support.

‘Local residents of Bentley and Gasfield Free Northern Rivers are especially appreciative of David and John Scarrabelotti whose land the camp is situated on.

‘This is a prime example of the generosity and dedication local farmers have shown in keeping the region gasfield free.

‘Metgasco is on notice that they have no social licence to force their drilling rig onto farmland at Bentley.

‘The community is outraged that their elected government representatives are not listening to them, and we demand that the state government steps in to stop this toxic industry,’ he said.
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#1246343 - 07/03/2014 08:26 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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#1249065 - 15/03/2014 08:53 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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Alan Jones - Drew Hutton - audio player
http://www.2gb.com/audioplayer/35661#.UyN5K4WoVX6
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#1250729 - 24/03/2014 13:27 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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Unconventional Gas / Coal Seam Gas - Collateral Damage
One family devastating experience of CSG
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IAoJfmRISg
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#1250736 - 24/03/2014 13:39 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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Coal Seam Gas - Above The Law?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbUiyfpt8Ts

A farmers fence destroyed by foreign company
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#1250742 - 24/03/2014 13:50 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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60 Minutes Australia - Fracking - The Coal Seam Gas Land Grab
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PELxZ3K2o0c

*** Wake Up World Viewer Special - http://aquaponics.wakeup-world.com. Fracking is destroying our water and soil. Take control of your what you eat by creating your own organic aquaponics system at home. Easy step by step guide & cheap to create. ***

Fracking is a commonly accepted term for hydro-fracturing, a process where water, sand and millions of gallons of toxic chemicals are injected into the earth at high pressure. The aim of hydro-fracturing is to fracture rock formations deep underground in the hopes of liberating natural gas that would be otherwise inaccessible, and to bring it to the surface.

"With hydrofracking, a well can produce over a million gallons of waste water that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium. Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the waste water by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking itself". Source

Though the processes of fracking, our underground water supplies (artesian wells / aquifers) are being poisoned. This is occurring in every continent on earth for the purpose of extracting more fossil fuels. Large companies are moving in on people property (as we only own the top small layer of our properties) and drilling for natural gas via fracking, as you will see from the below video's, this process is destroying their water local supplies.
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#1250745 - 24/03/2014 13:58 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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Alan Jones MUST SEE speech on CSG Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebP43RlZW3Q

(Part 1) In his National Press Club address, Alan Jones delivers the speech that every man, woman and child in Australia needs to hear at this crucial junction in our history. Are we going to sit back and allow mining companies and the Governments that support them to destroy our water, our food, our health, our land, our communities and everything we hold dear about Australian life?
This is a battle we did not ask for but one we can not afford to lose. Protecting our nation's clean water is everyone's responsibility and its misuse is our greatest single threat. Start shouting, marching and acting NOW people - BEFORE our beautiful nation is sold out from under us and transformed into a toxic foreign-owned gasfield. The stakes could not be higher..

Let us rise up, put an end to this insanity, turn a new page in our history and live a sustainable existence we can feel good about - a life that respects ourselves, each other and this beautiful land we are so blessed to be custodians of. Dont wait. Act NOW people.
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#1251096 - 25/03/2014 15:54 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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For those in the Northern Rivers region who oppose CSG in the area

Metagascco has been granted approval for CSG fracking 14km out of Lismore at Bentley. A base camp has been set up for 7 weeks by extremely dedicated passionate individuals awaiting the arrival of Metagasco. NOW is the time for action it is orange alert they arrived late lastnight with trucks. 97.5% of Byron Shire confirmed anti-csg - signing a piece of paper is easy enough but now we call for ALL those 97.5% of the Byron Shire to support with real action to create real change. This will poison our water, do irreversible damage to the land and once this one is achieved the entire Northern Rivers will be under great threat. NOW IS THE TIME OF ACTION. text 0447399535 with your name/phone number and "add me to the alert list" when it's Red Alert we are hoping for 100s to turn up to barricade the entrance where people will be locked-on
Please pass this on to those who can help.
Thank you
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#1252003 - 28/03/2014 13:34 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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A form of fracking has been used in the UK since around 1947 but of course their geography is much different to our own and the USA. Fracked wells are on average 2000ft down through multiple layers of impervious rock which means that the fractures cause the gas/oil to run along these layers and not escape to the surface except where it has been drilled. I am not saying that it isn't a dangerous practice or that we should protest against it. Far from it. But you need a bit of balance in this case as not all fracking is bad.

Like it or lump it we need energy from oil and gas and if these methods are deemed suitable then there is a place for this type of extraction. But these wells will need to be explored and the geology confirmed as suitable for it to continue. Blanket knee jerk reactions won't help anyone come to a conclusion.

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#1252158 - 29/03/2014 09:59 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: SBT]
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Originally Posted By: SBT
Blanket knee jerk reactions won't help anyone come to a conclusion.


Like these....

Originally Posted By: SBT
Like it or lump it we need energy from oil and gas

But you need a bit of balance in this case as not all fracking is bad.
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#1252542 - 31/03/2014 20:37 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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Alan Jones - Julie Lyford
http://www.2gb.com/audioplayer/38621#.Uzk1VleoVX4

Alan talks to the chair of Groundswell Gloucester about the launch of a new environmental campaign called Our Land, Our Water, Our Future
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#1252568 - 31/03/2014 23:31 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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nice effort, people power http://m.smh.com.au/environment/conserva...0331-35u41.html

Take note SBT
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#1260189 - 17/04/2014 07:32 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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Queensland landholders claim secrecy over experimental coal gasification plant

Landholders on Queensland's Darling Downs say they are being kept in the dark about the nature of serious environmental harm allegedly caused by an experimental coal gasification plant.

Last week the Queensland Government filed four criminal charges of irreversible or "high impact" harm relating to the plant against resources company Linc Energy.

It emerged the state's environment department began investigating suspected environmental breaches nine months ago, but landholders told the ABC that the first they had heard of it was last Friday

Linc Energy faces four charges of "wilfully and unlawfully" causing serious harm, with the company facing fines of more than $2 million for each offence.

The company rejected the charges as "misguided".

The ABC understands one of the charges related to a so-called overburden fracture, a crack in the layers of rock and soil that sit above the coal seam.

In some cases this can lead to the escape of gases into the air or allow groundwater into the cavity.

Cropping and livestock farmer George Bender said he had been told there was no "immediate" threat, but wanted this clarified.

"Immediate threat, well that's probably this week, tomorrow or the next day, but what happens in six weeks' time or six months' time?" he said.

Mr Bender and other locals previously complained about a foul odour coming from the plant.

He said that prior to the State Government initiating its investigation last year, one of its officials reassured him about the plant.

"Only six weeks before that, the environment guy was down to us and said everything was OK. So I don't know what's happened there," he said.

"Whether they knew about it but didn't let on, or the Government knew about it... it seems a bit secret to me."
Linc Energy denies Environment Department's charges

Linc Energy said it would defend against the allegations.

It told the ABC it had complied with its environmental authority at the site and that it was not aware of "any environmental harm beyond the limits of its operating licence".

It said the allegations, which "remain un-particularised by the department" related to older technology no longer in use.

Linc said it chose the site for its research and development facility, which it began decommissioning in October, because of the "strong and stable geological structures at Chinchilla".
Coal gasification has 'appalling record': environmentalist

Underground coal gasification (UCG) is a controversial technique involving the injecting of oxygen and water into cavities in a coal seam to produce gas that is used to generate power.

Environmental activist Drew Hutton, who has campaigned against the technology, said it "should be banned because it's potentially highly polluting".

Mr Hutton said there had already been a prosecution of another UCG company, Cougar Energy, over the polluting of a local aquifer at Kingaroy in Queensland.

"It has an appalling record," he said.

Western Downs Mayor Ray Brown said UCG was "a monster in the making" unless it was done properly.

He criticised the State Government for telling locals about the problems "at five minutes past five on a Friday".

"Landholders should have been notified immediately," he said.

The Queensland Government was strongly criticised by the state's Auditor-General this month over failures in supervision, monitoring and enforcement of environmental conditions placed on resources projects.

In a report, the Auditor-General found the Government was exposing the environment to unnecessary harm and taxpayers to huge liabilities because of outdated computer systems and communications failures.

Linc Energy has been one of the biggest donors to the governing Queensland Liberal National Party, giving more than $100,000 since 2012.

A spokeswoman for Environment Minister Andrew Powell said it would be inappropriate for him to comment as the matter was before the courts.

The Linc Energy case is due to be heard in the Chinchilla Magistrates Court on May 28.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-16/la...ication/5395626
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#1260913 - 24/04/2014 19:39 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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Alan talks to the 3rd generation farmer about his protests against CSG mining
http://www.2gb.com/audioplayer/41871#.U1jbCFeLVtQ
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#1260954 - 25/04/2014 09:13 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Loopy Radar]
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Power to the people!

Bentley coal seam gas protesters given marching orders



Anti-coal seam gas protesters in the state's north are on a collision path with police after vowing to defy a move by the local council to shut down their camp by Saturday.
Police are expected to be called in to the "Bentley protest camp" in the NSW northern rivers, which is a temporary home to between hundreds and thousands of people depending on the day.
It was established in February on private land adjacent to the site where Metgasco plans to begin exploratory drilling for gas.
But Richmond Valley Council announced on Wednesday the camp's approval would expire at the end of the week and not be renewed due to its burgeoning numbers, the length of time it had been there, and the "ongoing breach of many of the approval conditions".


Richmond Valley mayor, Ernie Bennett, said police would be required "for sure" to move the campers on.
Mr Bennett said the protesters had welded gates shut, dug trenches through public roads, erected their own road signs, and had insufficient toilet and washing facilities to continue living there.
"Our main concern is everybody's safety," Mr Bennett said. He stressed that the council was "neutral" when it came to the issue of CSG mining.
"Some of the protesters I don't have a problem with," he said. "People have a right to protest.
"But let's not just take the law into our own hands and do what some of them do."
The protesters said the move by the council to shut the camp down was part of a wider ploy and "orchestrated campaign" to silence opposition to the drilling and allow Metgasco to move ahead with its plans, despite community concern.
"The farmers that surround the drilling site are implacably opposed to the drilling," Gasfield Free Northern Rivers spokesman Aidan Ricketts said.
"The protest has got so big that it's scared the state government.
"We won't be moving on Friday," he said. "The reality is we're in a lawful occupation of that site with the owners' permission.
"They don't have any right to physically move our site."
Mr Ricketts said the protesters were committed to peaceful and non-violent action.
Metgasco has been saying drilling at Bentley, west of Lismore, was imminent for some weeks.
When rumours circulated in late March drilling was about to begin, 2000 people descended on the site to protest.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/bentley-coal-s...l#ixzz2zqfH2s00
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#1263029 - 08/05/2014 20:05 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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Corruption is destroying Queensland. Farmers are threatened, and children are dying from toxic particulates. There is a slow genocide happening in rural Qld.
http://www.2gb.com/audioplayer/43916#.U2tNP1cze5x
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#1263610 - 14/05/2014 20:28 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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Take Action now at bentleyblockade.org....and SHARE this video in all your networks

Never before have we been so united. Whole communities have said 'NO' to invasive gas fields ... but they're still coming.

With our democracy in crisis ordinary people are taking action.

The Bentley Blockade is the frontline for the entire region. We need thousands of people to show up.

This is getting not just close to home - this IS home.

So if not now, when? If not me, who?

If we don't stand up and we allow this happen and there are then wells all over this place, people are likely to say 'I could've done more and I didn't'.

So come for a morning, come for a day, stay for a week but be ready when it really counts - NOW is the time.

Join our alert list and get all the details at BentleyBlockade.org.

Produced by CSG Gasfield-Free Northern Rivers Media
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZU0Fofxpjg

Alan talks to Rosemary Joseph, Ros Irwin and Reverend Jim Nightingale about the blockade, the proposed mine, and suggestions hundreds of police are about to descend on the area
http://www.2gb.com/audioplayer/44666#.U3MmIigze5x
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#1263621 - 14/05/2014 23:44 Re: Fraccing or Fracking - Natural Gas and your farm [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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This is what we got happening up here .

Fracking tailing dam
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