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THE Australia Institute’s Mark Ogge will speak at the a free public forum at the Supper Room at the Bundaberg Civic Centre on Monday at 7pm. In the article below Mr Ogge lays out the effect mining has on the communities it touches.
SO FAR, the Bundaberg region has escaped the large gas and coal projects that have transformed neighboring regions including Mackay and Gladstone.
This could soon change with the entire Wide Bay-Burnett region covered with coal oil and gas exploration licenses, including the towns of Bundaberg, Avondale and Rosedale. The region could now be subject to coal mines, coal seam gas, shale gas, oil shale or underground gasification projects. Continue reading
Source: Newman Government explores establishing shale gas industry in Queensland – Courier Mail 16 July 2013
QUEENSLAND could have its own shale gas industry within two years, the State Government says. Government briefing notes for Environment Minister Andrew Powell show there are 16 shale gas exploration programs in the state.
But it warns any development would need numerous wells and an extensive expansion of the gas pipeline network to be viable. It would also use the controversial process known as fracking, which will put the fledgling industry on course for a battle with environmentalists.
For those who don’t know, Cheryl Watson has been a stalwart campaigner against the misinformation and spin campaigns put out by those who want the local community to believe that LNG is not deleterious to the environment around Gladstone.
Dan Rather Reports was on the Harbour Cruise when this incident occurred and it is illustrative of the division around the issue that exists in the Gladstone Community.
Embedded below find various links to the relevant You Tube videos.
Behind the Scenes
Excerpt from the program
Promo video for June 11 2013
This image from Gladstone Ports Corporation 50 year plan.
Current imagery can be found by going to:
Turn on the Satellite Imagery and Search for Curtis Island QLD 4680
Then enter the following coordinates in the search bar.
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Please forward these flyers on to your friends in Bundaberg and Gladstone. Mark is extremely knowledgeable about the real economic implications of the mining boom and cuts past the hype of more jobs and riches for all. Note that Jan Arens will only be speaking in Bundaberg.