Final post

Hello dedicated blog readers!

Well, I’ve reached the end of my controversial science subject which means this will be the final post of my coal seam gas blog. Sigh. I’ve quite enjoyed the blogging process, though I haven’t always had time to do as much research as I’d like.

I tried to approach the topic fairly, though I think I’ve come across as pro-coal seam gas. Especially in the eyes of one of my new readers (check the comment section of recent posts to see what I mean).

I feel like the important aspects of the CSG controversy are getting lost along the way and all of the non-issues are being puffed up disproportionately. Land use planning seems to be at the heart of many objections, but never really discussed in those terms.

The potential for overlapping land tenures under Australian law is clearly causing problems but there doesn’t seem to be much discussion about how to resolve this issue. It’s like everyone is focused on the symptoms (gas wells on farm land, loss of amenity, unsatisfactory compensation etc) and noone is interested in the disease.

A number of people have told me that this blog has helped them to look past the hysteria seen in the Gasland documentary, which is very satisfying to hear. It was never my intention to convince people to believe one thing or another, just to present some facts and stimulate new thought and discussion.

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