23 08, 2021

Coal Seam Gas Fracking: Why Is It So Prevalent in Australia?

By |2021-08-26T12:14:36+00:00August 23, 2021|Fracking|Comments Off on Coal Seam Gas Fracking: Why Is It So Prevalent in Australia?

Australia Pacific LNG is the largest gas producer on Australia’s east coast. It is seeking government approval to drill up to 7,700 new gas wells in the state of Queensland. This includes coal seam gas (CSG) fracking nearly 1,000 wells, some close to the Carnarvon National park. Environmental groups are voicing concern over its potential impact. Coal seam gas fracking is nothing new down under. The commercial production of CSG began in 1996 in Queensland. It is now an integral [...]

19 08, 2021

Fracking: 8 Reasons Australia Should Stop

By |2021-10-21T07:02:35+00:00August 19, 2021|Fracking|Comments Off on Fracking: 8 Reasons Australia Should Stop

In June 2021, the Northern Territory Senate voted for a parliamentary inquiry into fracking in the Beetaloo Basin. Earlier in the year, the federal government had announced its support of the shale gas project. In fact, it promised AUD $50 million to the gas industry for the project. This led Traditional Owners across the Northern Territory to fight the idea. Therefore, the inquiry is seen as a win for these Indigenous Australians. However, there are plenty of similar projects underway [...]

16 08, 2021

The NT Fracking Inquiry: Current News, Facts and Backlash

By |2021-08-26T12:50:17+00:00August 16, 2021|Fracking|Comments Off on The NT Fracking Inquiry: Current News, Facts and Backlash

In 2016, the Northern Territory (NT) government announced a temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking). At the time, the government explained that it would set up an inquiry into fracking in the NT. Therefore, it asked an independent scientific panel to assess the environmental effects of the gas extraction technique. The NT fracking inquiry's final report In March 2018, the NT fracking inquiry publicly released its final report. The report made 135 recommendations. The scientific panel designed them to bring [...]

11 08, 2021

Fracking in Australia Map: A Visual Breakdown of Hydraulic Fracturing

By |2021-08-26T12:51:13+00:00August 11, 2021|Fracking|Comments Off on Fracking in Australia Map: A Visual Breakdown of Hydraulic Fracturing

France, Bulgaria, Germany, Switzerland and many other parts of the world have banned hydraulic fracturing (fracking). However, as the following fracking in Australia map reveals, the Oceania country still permits this mining technique in several states. This is perhaps unsurprising given the government’s commitment to a ‘gas-led’ economic recovery. In what states and territories is fracking active? There is no official federal stance on hydraulic fracturing. But, Prime Minister Scott Morrison undoubtedly supports the practice. In 2017, whilst Federal Treasurer, Morrison [...]

24 06, 2021

The Dangers of Fracking and Natural Gas in Australia

By |2021-08-26T13:09:07+00:00June 24, 2021|Fracking|Comments Off on The Dangers of Fracking and Natural Gas in Australia

Australia’s gas-led recovery is bad for our health. That is the finding from a 2021 Climate Council report. Natural gas drives climate change, according to the report. Gas use in our homes also harms our children’s health. Plus, fracking – also known as hydraulic fracturing – for gas presents dangers to communities in Australia. As a result, the Climate Council calls for the federal government to stop its support for natural gas. Instead, it says renewable energy sources are “the [...]

10 05, 2021

What Is Fracking & How Is It Used in Australia?

By |2021-08-26T12:32:53+00:00May 10, 2021|Fracking|Comments Off on What Is Fracking & How Is It Used in Australia?

What is fracking (hydraulic fracturing)? Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing. The mining industry uses fracking to get natural gas or oil from deep underground. Miners inject a mix of water, sand and chemicals into the ground. They do so at extremely high pressures. This creates cracks in the underground rock. Miners can then extract the gas or oil.US EPA, O. (2013). Hydraulic Fracturing Research. [online] US EPA. Available at: https://www.epa.gov/water-research/hydraulic-fracturing-research [Accessed 25 April. 2021]. What does the Australian [...]

10 05, 2021

Fracking: Pros and Cons in Australia

By |2021-09-09T15:00:09+00:00May 10, 2021|Fracking, Natural Gas|Comments Off on Fracking: Pros and Cons in Australia

We need to take a look at the pros and cons of fracking. Why? Because fracking in Australia could increase. Government advisors want fewer fracking restrictions. In turn, the federal government has pushed a “gas-led recovery” from the COVID-19 recession.Hepburn, S. (2020). 4 reasons why a gas-led economic recovery is a terrible, naïve idea. [online] The Conversation. Available at: https://theconversation.com/4-reasons-why-a-gas-led-economic-recovery-is-a-terrible-na-ve-idea-145009 [Accessed 28 Apr. 2021]. What is hydraulic fracturing? Fracking is a common way to say hydraulic fracturing. Miners use [...]

16 03, 2021

Fracking in Australia: What an Oil and Gas Recovery Means

By |2021-09-09T15:10:00+00:00March 16, 2021|Fracking|Comments Off on Fracking in Australia: What an Oil and Gas Recovery Means

The Australian government believes a “gas-led recovery” will strengthen the country’s economy.Scott Morrison’s “gas-led recovery”: what is it and will it really make energy cheaper?. (2020). The Guardian. [online] 17 Sep. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/17/scott-morrisons-gas-led-recovery-what-is-it-and-will-it-really-make-energy-cheaper [Accessed 5 Mar. 2021]. Unfortunately, this strategy is bad for the climate, and it is a poor investment. It also means fracking in Australia will increase.Hepburn, S. (2020). 4 reasons why a gas-led economic recovery is a terrible, naïve idea. [online] The Conversation. Available at: [...]

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