A recent facebook discussion about coal seam gas led to this question:
I suppose you’ve been wondering the same thing? As I’ve been working my way through this topic, I’ve tried to avoid forming an opinion so that I can approach each side of the debate fairly. Of course that didn’t work! I have formed an opinion; the response I gave my friend is below.
Well, I don’t think there’s much to worry about in terms of the actual process. That is to say, I don’t think there are any worse risks than other forms of mining. In some ways it’s better because, unlike conventional coal mining, the ground doesn’t have to be torn up and a great gaping hole left in the earth. There is very little disruption to existing ecosystems. What I do have a problem with is the way the industry has expanded so quickly and left the public out of the loop. The communication side of things has been terrible and I think the public is right to feel that it’s been too much too fast. I think it’s worthwhile putting a hold on things in the short-term while government, industry and the public decide what their priorities are in terms of the economy, energy security, the environment and even the way we value agriculture.
Do you agree?