Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Gas Rush - ABC Four Corners on the coal seam gas industry

If you missed the ABC Four Corners expose on the coal seam gas industry in Queensland and NSW, you can still watch it on ABC iview .

From the website:

"With access to guerrilla activists and their undercover filming, Matthew Carney reports on the coalition of farmers, local townspeople and even a corporate titan who want to halt Australia's gas rush.

Imagine you are running a successful farming operation; then one day a man from the gas company arrives with news that a coal seam gas field lies beneath your feet. From there 3 wells are sunk, then another 18. And then a proposal for another 30, turning your property into a thriving gas field, while threatening the viability of the working farm."

From farmers powerless to stop gas companies accessing and drilling on their land, to leaking gas wells, water bores contaminated with methane and fears for the future of the Great Artesian Basin, the show makes compelling viewing in detailing just what is happening only a few hours drive away.

You can watch it here for the next couple of weeks.

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