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FAQ Research interview with Senator Larissa Waters

Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters speaks to FAQ Research’s Dr Mark Bahnisch on February 20 2012 at the anti-Coal Seam Gas action in Jondaryan. Senator Waters has introduced two bills into the federal parliament, to give farmers a right to deny access to mining companies on their land and to have water declared as a […]

FAQ Research interview with Bob Katter MP

FAQ Research’s Dr Mark Bahnisch interviewed Bob Katter MP, federal Member for Kennedy and leader of Katter’s Australian Party at the Jondaryan Big Day Out protest on February 20 2012 against Coal Seam Gas and coal mining on prime agricultural land. Katter’s party has made the call for a moratorium on Coal Seam Gas exploration […]

How much water is produced with CSG?

How much water is produced with CSG?

Robert Merkel’s overview paper tells us: Coal seam gas is extracted by drilling wells into an underground “seam” of coal, then pumping some of the water out, allowing the natural gas present in the seam to escape and be collected. This process is called “dewatering” of the coal seam. The amount of water produced can […]

The Queensland election, CSG and its ‘social licence’

The Queensland election, CSG and its ‘social licence’

In writing at CSG: Behind the Seams about Coal Seam Gas and its ‘social licence’, Professor Roger Jones observed: The coal seam gas industry is seeking a social licence to operate. Part of that social licence is tacit, where the community recognises the benefits of an industry and accepts it is acting in a socially and […]

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Water quality: Data better late than never?

Water quality: Data better late than never?

Although I’m a Queenslander, I’m writing this post from Mendocino County, California. The United States is my other home. Anyone who’s read anything about Californian history, or even seen the classic movie Chinatown, would know how important water, rights to water and its distribution have been to the political and social and agricultural stories of this […]

Boom town or bust? Towns on the Downs and CSG

Boom town or bust? Towns on the Downs and CSG

A lot of the public attention around Coal Seam Gas exploration and exploitation focuses on the rights of landholders, principally but not exclusively farmers. But there’s another side to the story, one which we became very aware of on our field trip to the Western Downs last week. We stayed in Dalby, and also visited […]

Photo Essay of the Jondaryan Big Day Out: February 20

Photo Essay of the Jondaryan Big Day Out: February 20

The first stop on our Western Downs field reporting trip was Jondaryan – a small locality where a protest was held against a nearby coal dump. The stage 3 application for the Acland coal mine is also being resisted. We interviewed a number of key spokespeople on the day, which will be edited and uploaded […]

Western Downs photo essay (and more to come)

Western Downs photo essay (and more to come)

FAQ Research folks have spent the week so far on the Western Downs, based in Dalby but ranging widely around the district; talking to farmers, politicians, Indigenous folk, ‘Blockies’ and others. We’ve been shooting pictures and compiling video, and after post-production, we’ll be uploading some rich and, we think, fascinating content from back in Brisbane […]

CSG and the race for Condamine: “This Land is Our Land”?

CSG and the race for Condamine: “This Land is Our Land”?

I’m writing from a motel in Dalby, in the heart of the Western Downs and the state seat of Condamine. Ranging from the northern outskirts of Toowoomba to Dalby in the north and south to Pittsworth and Clifton, Condamine is the sort of seat where there is actually a booth that does not poll a […]

Jondaryan Big Day Out Action, February 20

Jondaryan Big Day Out Action, February 20

There was a sense of history being made at the Jondaryan action near Dalby. In 39 degree heat, Greens stood along side LNP supporters, environmentalists, farmers and local residents – united in a common cause. A presentation of speakers was masterfully facilitated by Drew Hutton. Indigenous Elder Lois Kelly gave a warm welcome to country. […]