CSG, for those of you who don't know is Coal Seam Gas mining mines gas in unstable soils, bringing saltwater to the surface and often creating lesions beneath the ground which allows gas to leach into the water supply. So effectively the water supply is poisoned and in many cases the gas escapes to the surface, which means even rain water is compromised....and they have put an exploration well a few miles up the road from me.
|Tara Gasfield, QLD|
|Keerrong Gas Squad|
So ultimately (at the moment) it comes down to money, and what is your price.
"I came here as a bride, this land is my life...now they said I had to sign it over to the mining companies. I got $1.50, that can go towards a taxi to the hospital... my arm is still hurting from all the twisting they did, though I think my knee caps will never recover."
On Saturday there is going to be a big rally in Lismore to protest CSG mining in the Northern Rivers. If you are local, consider participating. It starts at 10.00am with a march through Lismore and ends at Riverside Park where there will be music and food. I will be wearing my Keerrong Gas Squad t-shirt, with DON"T FRACK WITH ME.
CSG hasn't got a good track record. The companies who have licenses in the Northern Rivers are Chinese subsidiaries of Shell, they don't care what poison they spread, they are only concerned with their profits. I historically have never been an activist, opting to change things in a different way...organics, self sufficiency, recycling, reusing, low impact on the environment etc. BUT now I am riled, and am ACTIVATING!