Alan Jones’ long running campaign against coal seam gas is coming undone. From Andrew Bolt:
But the NSW Labor campaign against coal-seam gas is even more disgraceful. NSW produces only 5 per cent of the natural gas it uses and soon faces soaring prices or even rationing.
But a huge gas deposit in Pilliga, bought by Santos for nearly $1 billion, and another at Gloucester could supply the state with 70 per cent of its gas for years.
Yet Foley, his campaign going backwards, has now announced a Labor government will block the Pilliga gas project from going into production.
Sure, that could win cheap votes. After all, the anti coal-seam gas hysteria is astonishing, pushed by talkback hosts and scary propaganda films such Frackman and Gasland.
But, again, almost nothing Labor claims about the Pilliga project is true.
No, it won’t affect water recharge in the Great Artesian Basin. No, it won’t use water we cannot spare. No, its fracking won’t contaminate our groundwater.
That last one is the big bogey — that fracking technology, splitting the rocks underneath to release pockets of gas, will pollute our water and kill our crops.
Yet where’s the evidence?
An inquiry by NSW Chief Scientist Mary O’Kane failed to identify a single incident of contamination by fracking in the 2.5 million wells drilled around the world.
Yet Foley still threatens to destroy a $2 billion project critical to meeting NSW’s energy needs just to profit from the fears of the uninformed.
Wonder what 2GB HQ has to say about this?