A small amount of toxic CSG chemicals leaked from a waste pond operated by Santos. No humans, stock or wildlife were threatened. Santos was given a small $1500 fine, reflecting the trivial nature of the leak. It did not stop anti-CSG campaigner Alan Jones from once again aligning himself with the Greens in going after CSG on his morning programme. His go to man? Someone from Wyoming. However:
It’s instructive The Greens have flown Wyoming activist and farmer Mr John Fenton more than 13,000km to make an unfounded case against production of much needed gas resources.
It’s also worth noting the orchestrated visit is avoiding country Queensland where gas production and agriculture are working side by side.
In stark contrast to Mr Fenton’s claims, the US EPA has categorically said there is no proven case of water contamination anywhere in the US as a result of hydraulic fracturing.
So what’s the problem? This nation is in financial crisis. The rate of return for business and the government on CSG is higher than the small amount of agricultural land that will be impacted by CSG.