Sunday, 11 December 2011
Although the government, Dart Energy and AGL have assured me that there will be no activity at Putty over the next couple of months my faith in the government to protect our environment has been completely shattered during 2011 and I will continue to check websites etc for changes.
Friday, 2 December 2011
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Senator Bill Heffernan, the Chairman of the Senate Standing References Committee on Rural Affairs & Transport today released the Committee's report on the Impact of Coal Seam Gas Extraction on the
. The report considers the potential impact of the industry on Basin groundwater resources, agricultural land and regional communities. Murray-Darling Basin
Friday, 25 November 2011
The ABC has produced the most comprehensive map of
's coal seam gas activities made so far and has pulled together information from dozens of sources to provide an insight into the promise and the dangers inherent in the coal seam gas rush. Australia
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Yesterday I went to the launch of Icons Under Threat which includes Putty Valley and then I marched from St James to Parliament House with many others to hand over a petition with 20,000 signatures. In the evening I listened to the news hoping to find out if the Mining Tax was passed in the lower house of the Federal Parliament.
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Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Monday, 14 November 2011
Thursday, 10 November 2011
The Greens NSW mining spokesperson, Jeremy Buckingham MLC, welcomed the NSW Labor Party's back flip on coal seam gas and their new found support for the Greens' policy and believes their position now makes it possible for his Coal Seam Gas Moratorium Bill to pass the Legislative Council.
Opposition Leader John Robertson is calling on the Government to suspend all current Coal Seam Gas exploration licenses to protect the State's precious water resources.
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Monday, 7 November 2011
Great Barrier Reef is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Thirty years ago, willingly made the Reef a World Heritage Area. That listing was intended to protect the Reef. Any changes to its management, or developments that might affect it, should be notified in advance to the World Heritage Committee. Australia
Saturday, 5 November 2011
A petition with 10,000 signatures will be presented to Premier O’Farrell on Tuesday November 22 at 1pm on the steps of Parliament House. Join other campaigners against the rapid expansion of coal seam gas extraction with your banners and signs.
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Federal independents and Greens call for CSG halt and water studies; fracking is the ‘likely cause’ of earthquakes in the UK; UNESCO concerned that the Federal and Queensland government have breached World Heritage guidelines; energy analyst attacks industry and regulators for failing to conduct independent regional modelling of the groundwater impacts. Links to full articles and to the fracking song.
Thursday, 27 October 2011
Landowners from communities across the Liverpool Plains have been forced to take direct action against the mining giant Santos to stop it pushing ahead with ‘pilot production’ of coal seam gas before the potential risks to the region’s iconic water systems are known.
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Friday, 21 October 2011
Friday, 14 October 2011
Fifty Green Eureka Flags will fly in various communities around
from 12 noon on Sunday 16 October during the national day of action against coal seam gas extraction. Australia
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
The Barrington-Gloucester-Stroud Preservation Alliance, with the support of the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO), has lodged an appeal in the Land & Environment Court in
Sydney against the approval of AGL's coal seam gas project in the . Members of communities facing the threat of coal seam gas development are urged to attend the hearings on 17, 19 and 20 October. Gloucester-Stroud Valley
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
On Sunday I marched with about two thousand people down King Street, Newtown in protesting about approval to drill a core hole in St Peters and about the rapid expansion of the coal seam gas industry in Australia without full scientific risk assessment.
Friday, 16 September 2011
The National Water Commission has released its comprehensive assessment of water reform progress in
, calling on governments to stay the distance on their reform commitments. Australia
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Monday, 12 September 2011
The most comprehensive review of planning legislation in three decades is about to hit the road – the Government appointed review panel is embarking on an exhaustive two-month road trip to ensure the people of NSW are heard.
Friday, 9 September 2011
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Last week the media focused on the effect of the mining boom on the economy. This week questions are being asked about why potential property buyers were not told about CSG drilling, what happens to waste water and how did Btex get into aquifers.
Is NSW becoming too hard for Dart Energy? After strong opposition to core hole drilling at Putty and angry meetings with
residents where it also has approval to drill, Dart issued an announcement to the Australian Stock Exchange which boosted its flagging share price. Sydney
Friday, 26 August 2011
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Monday, 15 August 2011
Friday, 12 August 2011
Members of the Putty community and friends will be protesting against coal seam gas on Sunday 14 August from 11am to 2pm. The protest rally will be held on a private property, “Wheeny”, on the western side of the Putty Road half way between Windsor and Singleton and adjoining the property of the proposed drilling site.
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
CSG Drilling to start Monday at
Putty Valley threatening the and Hawkesbury Oyster Farmers Wollemi National Park
Saturday, 6 August 2011
A Parliamentary Committee will investigate the environmental, economic and social impacts of coal seam gas mining in NSW, following widespread concerns from landholders, farmers and environmentalists worried about the affects of this rapidly growing industry. The Committee is currently seeking submissions from interested individuals and groups, with a closing date of 7th September 2011.
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
On Monday night a group of 15
Putty Valley landholders and residents attended a public meeting hosted by The Greens at . Over 300 people crowded into the hall to hear from coal seam gas mining company representatives and a variety of people who oppose them. Leichhardt Town Hall
Sunday, 31 July 2011
Monday, 25 July 2011
Thursday, 21 July 2011
The NSW Government's 'tough new rules' for coal seam gas exploration and mining do not go far enough say The Greens and I agree.
Saturday, 16 July 2011
Monday, 11 July 2011
Sunday, 3 July 2011
Friday, 1 July 2011
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Thursday, 9 June 2011
I recently attended a seminar at Mudgee on Mining Advocacy presented by the Environmental Defenders Office. The key issues are to seek legal advice before negotiating with mining companies, consult with your neighbours and band together as a community. Many aspects will remain unclear until the new NSW Government has reviewed coal seam gas mining in this state. The following are my notes.
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
Monday, 30 May 2011
Monday, 23 May 2011
Saturday, 21 May 2011
The Sydney Morning Heralds article - Exploration licences freeze in NSW gave me reason to hope but on closer inspection it is hard to know what it means. With no media release on the Department of Planning’s website it is difficult to clarify if it means exploration licences or approvals for exploration. As all valuable mining areas in NSW already have Exploration Licences over them a freeze on new exploration licences means little!!!
Friday, 20 May 2011
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Monday, 9 May 2011
Dart Energy reps tell the community that gas wells in Putty will look like the ones at
Camden so I go to to check them out, then AGL tells me no one knows what they will look like until after exploration when the geology is known. Camden
Saturday, 30 April 2011
Do you know what LNG is? Do you know what is happening in Gladstone in Queensland? Multinational mining companies lower the unemployment rate, build infrastructure and pay royalties making the state and federal governments look good but what is the cost?
Saturday, 23 April 2011
Dart Energy, the company planning to explore for coal seam gas in the Putty Valley, is raising $100 million to accelerate exploration and development. A link is posted to the Q&A session with Dart's reps and the Putty community.