Well, coal seam gas is definitely shaping up to be a hot topic lately! The last few weeks have seen a dearth of blog posts from me (slack!), but a whole lot of media coverage. Behaviour from the Libs has been fairly typical … Tony Abbott managed his usual policy flip-flop while Malcolm Turnbull has emerged as the voice of reason. As for Labor, a commentary on Crikey argues that the CSG controversy could prove helpful to the party by allowing them to differentiate themselves from the Greens. It’s definitely going to be interesting to see how this issue plays out at both a state and federal level.
Proving that coal seam gas is definitely on the political map, activist group GetUp have just started a campaign, including the below petition:
We call on the Health, Environment, Water and Agriculture Ministers to urgently halt the unbridled expansion of the coal seam gas industry until we have fully understood the impacts the industry is having, and we have the proper regulations and safe-guards in place to protect our:
– farmers and farmland;
– homes and communities;
– precious natural areas; and
– drinking and groundwater.
In the full text provided by GetUp, there is talk of community concern, fear and poor communication from both government and industry. I agree with all of these issues. However, I don’t agree with fear mongering language, “[CSG is] spreading like a cancer across the eastern seaboard”. The text is full of strong, absolute statements, “People get sick. Agricultural land and water supply is spoiled”, without any indication of risk.
Now I’d like to throw the question over to you, readers – will you be signing GetUp’s petition against coal seam gas?