Karen - Otford NSW
Don't poison our water, we must stop destroying
our enviroment for our kids future
Katrina - Quirindi NSW
Let us see TRUE application of principles of
Ecologically Sustainable Development and Triple Bottom Line decision
making. Our environment, our landuse and our people will
suffer from what is only short term gain. Where are the politicians who
will think beyond their own short terms and show leadership for the
good of Australia? The people are telling you what is important -
Bev - Scone NSW
consider re-establishing encouragement for solar technology, and leave
the earth, the water and the air alone for a while. We are
rushing like lemmings to the cliff. Do not
fracture rocks for gas, it carries too much risk
Perry - Illawong NSW
State Election coming soon, I hope all the politicians are looking at
this closely as the electorate certainly is.
Denis- Robertson NSW
behalf of the Australian Water Campaigners Inc I wish to voice my
opposition to the recent approvals granted by Minister Tony Burke. This
is a disaster for the groundwater wherever Coal Seam Gas is being
Gary Schoer - Secretar,
National Parks Association (NSW) Southern Sydney Branch
both a private citizen and Secretary of the Southern Sydney Branch of
National Parks Association of NSW I was dismayed to learn in the
regional media of effectively secret arrangements between Peabody and a
CSG company to explore for coal seam gas on the Illawarra escarpment
and at Darkes Forest. These regions would suffer enormously from
contaminated waterways and aquifers that nourish a whole range of
threatened species in a chain of vegetated lands connecting Royal
National Park with reserves further south and west. The mounting
evidence within Australia and overseas that fracking destroys water
sources is reason alone to have a comprehensive, broad, independent
assessment of the process. I personally and our Branch of National
Parks Association (NSW) request the premier of NSW and the Australian
Environment Minister to support a moratorium on future explorations and
development approvals until such an independent investigation occurs. I
respectfully respect a substantive reply from all relevant National and
State Government leaders and Ministers. If BHP can "see the light" on
its damaging proposals to undermine hundreds of upland swamps that
threatened Dharawal State Conservation Area and our southern Sydney and
Illawarra drinking water catchments through longwall mining, this must
surely provide the state government with the moral courage to halt
proposals that, on broad recent historic and environmental evidence,
further threaten our catchments and aquifers.
Page Coulson - NSW
cannot believe in this year 2010 we are considering putting our water
and fertile land at risk by drilling yet again for fossil fuels.
you think it is time we stat thinking for ourselves as a country and
not be ruled by corporations both on our soil and off?
is the driest continent in the world yet we seem to think it is okay to
destroy her aquifers, not too mention her food belts. I do not live in
America, South America,Indonesia, China,etc. I do not want to see or
buy my produce from overseas. I want to buy what is grown
and so do the vast majority of Australians.
You elected officials owe us a duty of care. You are not doing a very
good job of it are you?
Perhaps it is time to start listening to the people in your electorates
and go beyond your limited mindset.
Let's be adventuresome and explore alternatives which will make
Australia a great example to follow not mock
Sue- Blackville NSW
all the controversy regarding the Murray Darling Basin plan surely the
Government has realised that water and land for food production are the
crucial resources we all need to survive.
Why therefore are we experimenting with procedures such as fraccing
when we don't know the effects on our water or land?
How are farmers expected to double their food production for a growing
population by 2025 without water and land??
Where is the common sense in all this?
have a moratorium on coal seam gas and liquid natural gas mining in
Australia and debate all the issues instead of this utter madness of
rushing in for the dollars without proper consideration of all the
(From a very concerned landholder on the Liverpool
Plains NSW where unbelievably, coal and coal seam gas mining are being
considered on arguably the best agricultural land in Australia.)Utter
Pamela- Bulli NSW
has happened to commonsense? Surely any exploration method which has a
great chance of contaminating our water supply should not be allowed.
Please stop this madness now.
Malcom- Mona Vale
an environmental nightmare that must be stopped.
from our previous mistakes, not make new ones
Firminger- Wollombi Valley Against Gas Extraction, Hunter Valley
Protection Alliance, Coalition of Coal & Methane Gas Community
understand that this isn't all about the environment. Why we are
against this is more about the people on the land that are affected by
this filthy industry with absolutely no morals, and no regulation. Of
course the environment is also important but it's the way it's done,
that the gas companies don't have to acquire the land but can do what
they like regardless of the wisheds of the land owner... UNLIKE Coal
Mines who must acquire the land they screw up.
Please make the same rules apply to ALL mining including Coal Seam Gas
and Underground Coal Gasification.
need to halt this until it (the Fracking process) can be made safe and
the legislation (hopefully a Federal Act) makes it safe by forcing it
away from people, prime agriculture/viticulture and water resources.
There's plenty of gas reserves away from people. Do it there and stop
destroying families, agribusinesses and communities.
It's only a matter of time before someone in southern Queensland puts a
gun to either their own head, or someone elses.
is a very worrying situation when the environment, which is a vital
part of the future for all of us, is disregarded for the mighty dollar.
should have been broad community consultation before coal seam gas
exploration was allowed. Also this industry is additional to the coal
industry and both will result in increasing carbon dioxide levels in
the atmosphere. We should be cutting back both these industries if we
want clean air
water catchments and farmlands are our most precious assets with the
onset of Climate Change.These must stay in Australian ownership,and be
protected by our State and Federal Governments in the interests of
fear for the future when a company can come in and inject toxic
chemicals into our water supply, potentially contaminating the water
below the ground, and when the water emerges as a by product of the gas
extraction process it may contain these chemicals thus potentially
corrupting surface water supplies. Is the science in place to deal with
this??? Would you like to be living with these risks?
absolutly dumbfounded that politicians both state & at federal
level have sur-comed to pressure by minning companies involved in coal
seam gas extraction when this process has not been ratified &
are valid concerns about it's relationship to underground water
aquifers,especially considering the concern & debate raging
the Murray-Darling Basin. Surely a moratorium on this csg industry @
present would be prudient as well as best practice & any other
decision would deem to be both ill-advised & certainly poorly
Megan- Watanobbi NSW
you insist on only thinking in monetary terms, start adding up the long
term costs of the decisions you make. We stand to lose much more than
your coffers will gain. Personally, I want my children to have a
country that is worth living in and able to be lived in, not just a
great big filthy mined hole.
Andrew - Katoomba
warming, land degradation and freshwater challenges haveAustralia on
track for our own food security to become a major issue. In
context, it is foolish (evil?) to allow corporate interests to destroy
prime farmland and water supplies forever.
Coal seam gas
production is destroying parts of Susquehanna County in Pennsylvania
where I grew up. There is enough experience around the world to know
that we should not be doing it here.
Sutherland Shire Environment
Shire is opposed to any coal seam gas extractiion in the
catchment area as well as to any other CSG extraction that can have a
detrimental effect on the environment, particularly our waterways and
Peter- Mittagong NSW
epitome of LYING & DECEIVING BASTARDS are you lot. On
hand CO2 is the demon, but on the other you bastards do nothing to
cease / reduce the archaic practice. It is irresponsible,
reprehensible, and morally corrupt for YOU people to continue a
practice that is supposedly destroying our planet, but more
importantly, the very real and permanent damage most types of coal
mining does to landforms and aquifers. A POX on you all for
supporting it in the first place. No wonder you
people to have guns! PC
Lena- Otford NSW
the controversy surrounding this technology, the high media profile of
the issue and in particular the fact that companies involved in this
technology themselves work hard to distance themselves from the issue
publicly, and given the potential enormous impact on our natural
environment I expect my political representative to as a minimum allow
any exploration proposal to got through a rigorous assessment process
including a community consultation
Ray- Corrimal NSW
economic growth that promotes and protects the environment and
lifestyle of the existing population is the NOW & FUTURE
for employment and investment.
Political Governance has to
strongly oppose spurious wealth and employment creation that advocates
serious resource extraction and bricks and mortar development.DO IT NOW
AND GIVE LEADERSHIP IN GENUINE REFORM AND NOT DEGENERATIVE SOCIAL
Hamish- Noosa Heads QLD
the Hunter Valley and the Darling Downs this issue is not going to go
away as long as CSG and its impacts threaten rural communities with
environmental degradation and toxic illness.
industry = Huge amouts of salinated waste water with unknown
contaminates from drilling fluids and no satisfactory proven way of
disposing of them safely? No thanks. Inevitable damage to deep and
interconnected aquifers from the process of 'Fracking' which could be
impossible to predict or control. Farmland devalued and destroyed. Not
to mention the hypocrisy of the MDB plan restricting agriculture
accessing underground water but Mining and CSG industries given carte
blanche to do whatever they wish with no restrictions. This is so
wrong, all for corporate greed. Food is more important than coal or
gas. Why not spend more money developing sustainable energy sources
such as solar and wind power? Think of the future (further than one
political term) and stop this madness now.
whom it may be of concern... hydraulic fracturing to extract greater
levels of gas.. in my back yard is NOT ON. TO APPROVE THIS, IS GROSS
IGNORANCE... AND/OR CORRUPTION.There
plenty of resources available without sacrificing the water supply.. NO
ONE HAS THAT RIGHT!!! and it any of you think it is ok...
away now, and get educated.
Anna -Marrickville NSW
vigorously object to the Part 3A approval process, that allows big
corporations to apply directly to State Govt and bypass any local
planning and government bodies such as councils; the Part 3A process is
NOT transparent and is subject to corruption; the Part 3A process
effectively restricts community consultation and feedback in to
developments that intimately affect the community's environment and
quality of life. I strenuously oppose the use of CSG exploration until
guaranteed measures of protection for the environment are ensured; that
a comprehensive environmental impact study is conducted and shared with
the community; that these exploration and extraction activities are
monitored by a PROVEN INDEPENDANT BODY that can enforce satisfactory
and fully punitive fines for any non compliance. Our farming,
conservation and water catchments lands MUST BE PROTECTED for the
benefit of the entire community, not just for the financial benefit of
huge multi-national corporations, and preserved in trust
for the future generations of Australians. I demand the removal of the
pro-developer Part 3A approval laws, and insist on the immediate
cessation of any CSG exploration or extraction. I grew up in the
Sutherland Shire, and am very familiar and fond of the south and dread
to imagine it turned in to a waste land, with poisoned water and
degraded farm and bush land. Your urgent attention to this matter is
appreciated, and a prompt response with your plan of action is fully
John -Auburn Vale
State Planning Department needs to thoroughly research and promulgate
the likely total impact of the 50+ year life-cycle of gas field
development This will include the techniques to be employed
perpetuate CSG extraction (eg. density and diameter of holes to be
drilled; fraccing); logistical and production infrastructures for same;
and formation water management over time. Other matters of
importance to be considered over the 50+ year period (being the CSG
company ROI), include drilling skills, techniques and qualifications;
groundwater monitoring programmes (especially piezometer nests and
water quality testing). The Department must produce a series
time-based maps that convey all such information as the gas field
evolves over time.
Lorraine -Moss Vale
will refuse to vote for any Political Party or individual in
future election, which puts greed before consideration of the
environment and the people who will be directly affected by mining
using methods which have proved to have a disasterous effect
water sources and the land. When are politicians going to admit that
the next world battles will be fought for water and productive ,food
growing soil. Wake up and look to the future, not the short term
Extraction 21 poisonous chemicals 9 of those will give you cancer.Coal
seam gas they say 50% cleaner than coal but still 50% dirty come
Paola - Alpha QLD
a recent radio program
Professor Richard Kingsford, New South Wales wetlands expert stated
'All of the long-term data in many of our major irrigation systems show
that in bore holes, water levels in groundwater are dropping. There is
data from the late '80s to present day that shows systems like the
Macquarie dropping up to 1 or 2 metres, the Lachlan up to 10 metres in
places, the Namoi up to 7 metres. So whilst they are being replenished,
you can think of it as a bouncing tennis ball. Eventually it's going to
stop. Inevitably we are mining it, we are taking it away, it won't be
there for future generations. It won't be able to replenish in our
lifetimes, our children's lifetimes or probably our grandchildren's
lifetimes for those aquifers that are a long way from the river and are
in the drier parts of our continent'.
Carolyn- Gymea NSW
am sure it has all been said before. The Government knows how
dangerous this can be to the environment, especially water.
stop allowing our rivers to be 'cracked'
environment means no economy so why spend all this time thinking gas is
a transition fuel when it's not and we as a nation could show we are
smart and go straight from coal to renewable energy sources.
Kathe - Wedderburn
most things we've done since 1788 this madness will come back to bite
us, and like cane toads and other delights it will be too late to stop
it unless some really courageous political/legislative and
constitutional decisions are made. This old and special country is
being raped by our rapacious unsustainable needs – and this
just bleeding heart hyperbole
Robyn - Canowindra
ANY use -as I see it- if the coffers are in the black and yet our water
is undrinkable/unusable. I think the coal companies scream too much -to
paraphrase Shakespear .
Celia - Helensburgh
you people in power doing! Money now- but huge long term
Scott - Lillian Rock
remember that there is no profit on a dead planet. Plan for your/our
John - Wybong NSW
produced by Hydraulic Fracturing is too dangerous to the aquifers of
our water supply and human health to permit. Energy produced
the method has 98% of the footprint as coal fired power.
Peter - Mossvale
have no idea of what the community needs and wants, you don't consult,
you don't properly plan, you don't take good advice, and you think the
environment can take care of itself
Mick - Helensburgh
people in the illawarra area do not want gas exploration to polute the
area and i bet you would not want it in your area either.
Meredith - Billys Ck
resource/mining boom is not good for regional water catchments,
agriculture, farmers and food security, or indigenous peoples rights.
CSG industry has been forced on rural landowners, without adequate
consultation, environmental safeguards or benefits to local communities.
In fact, CSG developments are equally damaging to local rural
communities as coal mining, forestry and natural disasters.
suspend all CSG projects and implement environmentally sound planning
policies to protect our nation's agricultural land and ensure our water
catchments are protected
are you mad?
must be some logic put to work on CSG exploration - how can we leave
the land raped when for some thought and care and LESS GREED, everyone
can feel that a solution has been reached not a monstrous GRAB for
short term gain.
seam gas mining dewaters the lower alluvial rock and gravel strata.The
earths gravitational pull moves the more pure groundwater to lower
toxic strata.An evolutionary process taking millions of years is
destroyed.A sustainable clean water supply for towns,cities and
agriculture will be ruined permanently.Coal Seam Gas extraction is pure
time to assess all problems which might be associateed with this
Gerry- Gunnedah NSW
the more reason to protect Australia's resources both above and below
ground, until such time as present actions can be shown not to
prejudice the health of future generations
cannot understand why the government is putting at risk our most
valuable resource, water, by allowing any mining to take place
underneath water catchement areas. The government seems to be focusing
on the short term gain, tha tis the money it resourceves from mining
companies which undertake these activities, rather than focusing on the
potential disasterous consequences which can occur with this type of
Martin- Loomberah NSW
fully support the call for far more research into the possible
environmental impacts of gas extraction.The haste with which this is
being allowed to go ahead is totally irresponsible.
Judith- Helensburgh NSW
beyond now, and hold a future for our kids on the land. The gas was
always there and god put is there for a reason, not for money
Karen- Otford NSW
our childrens future.....
Marie- Richmind NSW
about you .. our elected representatives ..do what you are paid for ...
that being to carry out the wishes of the Australian people.It is
obvious the Australian people do not want our farming industry
destroyed because of incomplete studies to extract gas. SO EARN YOUR
KEEP POLITICIANS.. AND HELP OUR FARMERS INSTEAD OF DESTROYING THEM!!
Bob- Coffs Harbour
rid of 3A approvals- I ddnot vote for them and neither did any of the
voters. How about the people having the same rights as the big
companies.Governments should represent the people not only the
oligarchs> How about we have the swiss system of voting by
Joseph- Figtree NSW
catchment areas have the highest degree of protection from pollution
and disturbances, one is not even allowed to walk through them. Rightly
so, we all need water. Putting a mine into/near such areas that will
spread pollutants into drinking water is a sharp deviation from this
protection policy. No amount of dollars earned from these activities
can justify destruction of our water supplies. The positive financial
effects will be eroded soon, yet erosion of the precious environments
capable of supplying healthy drinking water will stay with us forever.
will we finally make an ethical stand and prevent the exploitation of
this beautiful land we call home. The natives of this country
lived for many years with little change to this beautiful landscape -
Let's show our kids and generations to come how it's done.
think a little outside the square. Let's put our thinking
and lead the world in an alternative way of getting thins done
several distinct fresh water aquifers layered above the coal seams in
our region (Liverpool Plains)de-pressurising the seam for the release
of the gas will create a lower pressure void beneath the aquifer. The
Gas company will then be relying on an aquitard (an impervious layer of
clay or rock)to prevent millions of tonnes of fresh water entering the
void. Testing the uniformity and soundness of the aquitard is nearly
impossible (expensive). The leak could be quite slow and not detected
for several years after the company has gone. It is not a matter of
will they do damage, its just a matter of how much damage they will do!
Karen- Otford NSW
live in a water catchment area on the edge of a beautiful national park
- it is crazy that this is being contemplated and the community is
being kept in the dark.
is a disaster for the groundwater wherever Coal Seam Gas is being
drilled. Please don't poison our water, we must stop destroying our
enviroment for our kids future and there kids future.
Sandy - Stanwell
must be a comprehensive study to evaluate ANY damage to the environment
& the possibility of contaminating our drinking water.
Ben Walsh -
whom it may concern, We here in Australia are blessed to have great
alternative power sources. The need to continue drilling and eroding
our beautiful country side for the benefits of few are secondary to the
health and well-being of mother nature, our life source and provider.
Let us help you guys maintain the balance for future generations to
come. Let Australia be a forward thinking nation and be a role model
for the rest of the world- thanks & best regards.
Karin - Helensburgh
I just want
to ask you to think about your answer to the following question Do
think F--CKING is OK ???
I saw the GASLAND movie and I've been on the internet to research
FRACKING a little further.
now understand the how, what, when and where of FRACKING and even WHY
its done (money,profit,energy security whatever?) but cannot for the
life of me understand ...
Why we allow it !
Why we need it !
Why we risk it !
disgusted, I'm upset and absolutely sickened that companies can be
allowed to threaten our basic right to clean water and can pollute
unchecked. To pump poisons into the ground anywhere is criminal but
next to water catchment areas, not to mention the potential added Bush
Fire risk of Methane gas pockets leaking above ground is unbelievably
irresponsible. For me the conclusion is simple: IT IS NOT
Its not OK that they are doing on the planet and its not
OK that they have approval to do it in 15 sites in the Illawarra.I'd
like to know how many other people also would conclude that IT IS NOT
OK if they knew even the most basic facts. I am really
what I have just learnt and while asking 'Is F--CKING OK' might seem a
little offensive I find the practice of FRACKING a lot more offensive.
Lorraine - Moss
to all elected members of parliment and to the ministers responsible
for the care of our precious environment.
LISTEN TO THE
PEOPLE...NOT THE SOUND OF DOLLARS FROM FOREIGN INVESTMENTS. WHAT DO
THEY CARE IF OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE ENDS UP AS A MOONSCAPE..POLLUTED
WATER..DISASTEROUS SUBSIDANCE. IT'S YOUR JOB, AS OUR PROTECTORS, TO DO
YOUR JOB AND PROTECT, NOT SELL US OUT.
Christopher Gladwell -
Stanwell Tops NSW
is the source of all life. The quality of water has a direct affect on
the health of all that rely on it. Any process that can possibly effect
the quality of a natural water supply in any way cannot be allowed to
proceed unless there is a 100% guarantee that there is absolutley no
chance of the water supply being effected by the process being
undertaken or any possible side effect known or unknow as a result of
the process being undertaken. Anything out of control of the process
that has an effect on the process that the process cannot control or is
aware of must also be taken into account. Hindsight in this case is not
acceptable. Immediate prevention of the process in all forms unless a
100 percent guarantee that no living entity be it man, flora or fauna
will suffer in any way is the only outcome I can accept as a member of
the community that whose well being you have been elected to care for.
This process cannot be continued in any form until a consensus is reach
y all members of the community, government and interested
Kade - Thirroul NSW
Public Servants - I urge you to only consider and promote Renewable
Energy sources for the future. Methane Gas is not renewable. It is a
dangerous 'Pandora's Box' you will be opening by allowing CSG to go
ahead in Australia. It is our basic right to have clean water and clean
air. They are our most precious 'free' resources. It is the
Government's duty to protect them
Robyn - Kurnell NSW
don’t trust any EIS or whatever you call them. These
are paid by the govt to give them what they want to hear and it’s just
not right. Indigenous lands, farmers, their land, our land,
catchments, the environment and our future deserve better than this.
Why is there one rule for govt who invents these laws and another for
the populace who elect them? When my children grow into adults what
will be left for them? Shares in the mining industry or a
environment? There must be a balance and this is not
What legacy are you going to leave?
informal "NSW CSG Group" is meeting today in Broke to discuss the
formation of an Alliance.
Tooraweenah CSG Group will make a statement over the weekend whether it
will form this Alliance. The Tooraweenah Group aims to protect
landowners and the land for many generations to come from the CSG
Judy - NSW
water everyone on Earth drinks reaches every cell in the
the water is contaminated, that same water with impurities will reach
every cell in the body, also.
Donna - Arkansas USA
live in Arkansas in the United States of America. They have
drilled and fracked 800 feet from my house and my water turned grey and
smelling. The water, once abundant, dissipated as
air was also laden with toxins, and it we were forced inside.
noise was torturous and we are so afraid. My husband has
the most exposure and has suffered sudden hearing loss and other severe
symptoms. Please do not ruin your own water supply.
Debbi - QLD
before its too late!!!.
Robert - Stanwell Park NSW
coal seam gas extraction might well be a source of future sound energy
requirements, not enough is known at the present time to allow
Denis - Robertson NSW
have recently attended a meeting in the Hunter Valley of many affected
communities. The "Gas Business" is out of control. It needs to be
stopped in its tracks before too much irreparable damage is done to
groundwater, rivers to arable land, and important natural environments.
Minister Burke, you have not yet replied to my previous personal
correspondence in response to your approvals in Queensland. When will
Ewald - Helensburgh NSW
gas (Methane) is a very potent greenhouse gas and a major contributor
to climate change. The way forward is not to exploit another fossil
fuel. The Gasland documentary clearly shows what a disaster this is in
the USA. We shoud be looking to renewable energy as presented by
leading Australian scientists in http://beyondzeroemissions.org/
Daryl - Newtown NSW
been keeping up to date with this issue. It is only going to get bigger
because it is so destructive. It has the potentiality to bring down
governments as it will damage the environments and towns and they will
not go down alone. I felt anger, fear and pain when I watched the
documentary "Gasland" and came to understand the same processes are
being used here by the gas industry and the governments are acting the
same with a head in the sand approach.We tell the children to look
after the world. While many of the adults are busy destroying it. No
wonder so many adolescents are full of rage and resort to drugs to bury
their anger. Which can lead them to depression and suicide. Please I
beg of you to protect our world from such destructive practices. I
request a satisfactory response to this email
Lauren - Enmore NSW
fracking has had disasterous consequences on drinking and agricultural
water supplies in the United States. We have the opportunity to avoid
making their mistake. The NSW gov't need to put a moratorium on CSG
have seen the movie "Gas Lands" and I am concerned with the type of
effects shown but I am also concerned with the sofar-unseen
effects of environmental damage due to contaminants escaping into
our undergroung waterways. These contaminants may take time to be
noticed due to difficulty monitoring (even if monitoring is to be
carried out). I believe that clean water is more important than the
energy provided by gas extraction using the concoction of chemicals
exposed by one determined individual against powerfull companys hiding
the full story from everyone
Neil - Nowra NSW
Are we completely insane? we can't drink gas!
Bruce - Wards River NSW
are too many dangers to the environment, including gas migration, which
is rarely mentioned. We need to treat our most precious resource,
water, as precious, and safegaurd its integrity. If "Water Wars" are
our destined future, we'd best have a good arsenal with which to defend
our future, not squandor it in a rush for temorary wealth.
of both Agriculture and Water are truly noble causes that are
intergenerational. I urge you not to be an advocate for such
irresponsibility, and to protect your constituents from the inevitable
harm that is about to befall them if this push for unconventional coal
seam gas extraction is allowed to continue.
Lewis - Buff Point NSW
concerned about the aquifers, groundwater and rivers becoming polluted
and also that the soil may become contaminated with gas, as well as
ges escaping into the atmosphere. Another concern is during
extraction and delivery by pipeline, there is a risk of explosion.
Anne - Coonamble NSW
GAB mound springs are protected under the EPBC Act - (indeed, the whole
GAB must surely be of National significance, and should be protected
under the EPBC Act too) - yet over 1,000 natural springs, mound
springs, and associated groundwater dependant ecosystems have been lost
already. Despite this, the govt's keep rubber stamp approving all
new gas and mining projects, without a thought for the destruction of
our most vital national resource, the Great Artesian Basin.
Great Artesian Basin Protection Group - Coonamble NSW
GAB is the greatest national resource Australia has, and has supplied
us with water for over a century. But the GAB water is finite,
and is rapidly running out. Water is the single non-negotiable
essential for life, and we live in the driest inhabited continent on
earth. How can you be destroying our one national freshwater
reserve, to export some gas and make multinationals rich? What
about Australia, and the future of the people who rely on the GAB for
their very existence??
Jess - Wombarra NSW
is absolutely no reason - other than the profits of energy companies -
to expand gas mining and use. Gas mining is dangerous; using gas as an
energy fuel releases carbon into the atmosphere; and the technology to
transition to renewables is ready to go, and is being rolled out around
the world, particularly in Germany, Spain and the US.
Carol - Stanwell Park NSW
Lack of transparency of process is most concerning. Strict environmental
controls must be employed and in any environmentally sensitive areas leases
should not even be considered!
Rosemary- Quirindi NSW
Please protect the prime farming country of the Liverpool Plains - we must think of the future
Tony- Narrabri NSW
is the NSW Government going to make Eastern Star Gas fully accountable
for its actions in taht Eastern Star Gas has been granted permission to
discharge Coal Seam water , after traetment , onto the Southern
Recharge of the Great Artesian Basin that has more than four (4) times
the levels of Salts than what is already there . This fact has been
established by the Namio CMA in their recient water Analysis of the are
, and in 2006 Eastern Star Gas carried out four water analysis in the
Bibblewindi State Forest and published the results in an REF
-Project---Narrabri.pdf-2009-06-05 . There are other REF's to look at ,
these being Dewhurst8 with a discharge levl of 200ppm and an existing
level of only 85ppm and Tintsfield with a discharge level of 500 ppm .
Eastern Star Gas has contributed to the cap and pipe scheme , but only
to look good for raising the 'salt' l! evels in the area it
operates and that is The Southern Recharge of the Great Artesian
Basin. Good one Eastern Star Gas and the NSW Government,and
especialy Ian Macdonald former MLA
is enough going to be enough? Can we please leave something other
than massive holes in the ground and polluted or dead river systems for
Timothy - Benowa Qld
NOW the time to seriously protect our environment (water, air, soil,
oceans),for our own sake and the future generations. No major new
developments should be allowed without full impact studies and
community consensus. Governments are for the people. "Economic growth
at all costs" is not sustainable.
Amanda - Limeburners Creek NSW
needs to be stopped immediately. Whether the company has been
given approval under a mining lease or an exploration lease. When
will people that approve companies like the coal seam gas, methane gas
industry realise this is not a clean alternative to coal. This
industry is based on desk top analysis and hypotheticals.
Government that authorise companies like AGL Gas and other gas
companies to operate are giving approval for the air, water, land,
people, animals, environment to be like the very real examples we see
with sick, dying and dead people and animals in America from this
industry and in QLD where they already have problems, very real
problems that will only excalate as more and more, thousands and
thousands of gas wells are drilled, thousands of swimming pools of
fraccing chemicals and acids are drilled into the ground.
environmental damaged from this industry is already showing its self to
be a reality. Stop is from becoming a form of 'Russian Rulet
where these companies are given a loaded gun by the
government/approvals to poison slowly'. What is it like to hold
in your hands the health of the Australian people in each state and
territory, the environment's air, water sources, food growing land,
bushland & animals health? Stop looking at the dollars and
start using your thinking of a long lasting clean society, where our
precious drinking water is not polluted by this industry or any other,
where swamps, creeks and rivers are not dug up/diverted, discharged
into or in AGL Gas's case and other mining companies spruking "minimal,
insignificant or unlikely impact is a lie! throughout AGL Gas's their
Environmental Assessment "trench/divert creeks" and "bore under
rivers", then cement the bedrock back.... all the while writing in
their Environmental Assessment that they are causing "minimal,
insignificant or unlikely impact", What an Outrage! Mining
companies do permanent damage, destroy everything they dig up, creeks,
aquifers, swamps, rural land, bushland habitat, towns/villages &
river systems, air quality, water quality, and it sure as heck will not
be something that any of you should be proud about when our valley is
wiped off the 'face of the earth'. Spare a thought when you are
responsible for forcing this type of mining industry on the people
& environment in the first place.
Enough is enough!, methane
gas, is not the answer to reducing coal usage..... its just brought
another dirty polluting player to the table.... then there is nuclear
scratching around too which are best left in the ground and not
tampered with in the first place. Keep these fossil fuels in the
ground, use the sun, and in area where it is possible use wind/water
turbines to produce electricity and above all encourage people to be
self sufficient and its time Government stops counting all the dollars
missed if people take themselves part or completely off the grid.
Thats true Democracy! Thats a better Australia than the skin deep
Democracy we are in and the every escalating Dictatorship we are
Daryl - Newtown NSW
Gas" from a very unnatural dangerous process. This method of
Gas extraction from coal seams by injecting water and chemicals
including toxic and carcinogenic compounds to turn the coal into a gas
is a huge threat to human and environmental health. Get informed people
and save your planet or step aside and let these capitalist extremist
have their way at our expense.
Margaret - Chapel Hill QLD
water is our most precious resource without which we cannot live. We
are so lucky to have uncontamined water (so far) in this country. Let's
keep it that way!
Cheryl - Helensburgh NSW
What a disgrace!!!! One of the oldest national parks will be destroyed once again for greedy power companies!
wonder if it was in their backyard if they would be doing the same..
maybe they should go and see the movie GASLAND or actually visit the
places in America that have had people becoming sick...What Idiots!!!
does our GOVT do any reseach on anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Carol - Cunnamulla QLD
we know that CSG will NOT affect the GAB. If this happens then
inland Australia will die. Where do all those people go and who will
oversee what is left?????
Robin - Forbesdale NSW
mining starts to encroach on rural communities, such as is happening in
Gloucester, which enjoy a good mix of agriculture, tourism,
establishment of new businesses, lifestyle of people who wish to enjoy
a quiet rural retirement, then Governments have a problem. Most
of the groups who have emerged over the past 18 months see the balance
is tipping the other way. They will vote accordingly, as we
will. We are being dismissed by Government Ministers as
nuisances. We are not radicals, we want to leave to our children
and grandchildren, the same wonderful country we have grown up in, not
one that has sold out to foreign countries, who see the value of our
agricultural land. Coal and gas won't last forever but the land
will. Government now needs to listen to people who see the need
to keep good workable land for future agricultural use. We need
good people in Government, like our forefathers who work for the future
of Australia not just for the present. We need mining, too but in areas
which are now being exploited
Mark - NSW
YOUR RESEARCH MS GILLARD BEFORE LOBOUR DOES ANOTHER STUFF UP FOR
AUSTRALIA PRESERVE OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY.. DON'T RUIN SOMETHING BECAUSE
OF GREED... THINK OF GENERATIONS TO COME. WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE
TO OUR ECONOMY WHEN WE ARE WASTING $ ON RUBBISH THAT WE DON'T NEED.
WHAT PRICE DO YOU PUT ON THE ENVIRONMENT!!!!
Michelle - NSW
NO COAL SEAM GAS MINING..PROTECT OUR NATIONAL PARKS !!!!
Mark - NSW
WHAT A DISGRACE TO EVEN THINK THIS IS WORTH IT... WE WILL FIGHT THIS ALL THE WAY TO PROTECT WHAT NATURE HAS GIVEN US !!!
Chris- Helensburgh NSW
WE WILL FIGHT THIS TO THE END!!!!!
Alison- Stanwell Park NSW
OVER OUR DEAD BODIES....THERE IS NO WAY THIS WILL BE GOING AHEAD
Ben- Kanahooka NSW
make Australia a dynamic nation and move forward with new and current
technologies. These are available now to take us out of the coal and
gas era and into renewable, sustainable power sources and jobs! Just
look up Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) and read their fully costed report.
It's a great step in the right direction!
Shan- Aldershot Qld
Given that the coal seam gas mining processes have proven to be harmful
in numerous circumstances, to human health and the environment, it
would be wise to put human health and the environment ahead of monetary
gain, for the sake of future generations. The Earth is not ours
to destroy, it is theirs to inherit, so we need to show some decency so
that this generation does not go down in history as the ones who
greedily destroyed all that was good in nature.
Dee- Aitkenvale Qld
companies will poison the water with the BTEX group chemicals --
benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes ... just like the early
settlers did with poisoning the water sources the Aborigines used, but
with different chemicals ... it's another land grab to force people off
the land for the benefit of multinational corporations!
Cath- Mangerton NSW
A precautionary approach to coal seam gas & liquid natural gas will ensure our ground water and soil are preserved
Jorge- Hunter Valley Protection Alliance NSW
seam methane gas is not "the clean, green, transitional fuel of
the future". It may be dirtier the coal. See:
WHAT WE NEED IS A REAL FUTURE ENERGY PLAN FOR AUSTRALIA AND NO SPIN!
Dave- Tambar springs, NSW
both state & federal with this issue leaves alot to be desired , to
the point of criminality, with both legislation & approvals
crossing sound precautionary practice, I hope these politians involved
relise they will be remembered for either incomprehenciable stupidy or
Sue- Blackville, NSW
assault by the Government on productive agricultural farming land has
got to cease!! There are obviously huge risks and flaws in CSG
extraction (go and see the movie "Gaslands") which need to be addressed
and the industry seriously needs scientific scrutiny and public debate.
Most Governments in the world today would be wise enough to see that
our future relies on our basic resources-food and water. Why are you
not doing all you can to legislate to set aside and protect these
fundamental human requirements? Your eyes seem to be set solely on the
dollars from mining royalties and you all live in a "virtual" world of
make believe and need a reality check!! Place yourselves down the track
a few years into the future and give some thought as to the legacy you
will be leaving your children and grandchildren IF Coal Seam Gas
extraction is given the OK to proceed. What will you say to them and
family and friends when the inevitable happens and we will not be able
to grow healthy uncontaminated food????
Rosemary- Quirindi NSW
extraction will destroy the catchment areas of the Murray -Darling
Basin. Our aquifers on the Liverpool Plains must be
protected. Farmers and communities must be protected from the
impacts on health and environment. Our ability to source clean
food and water must not be impaired
Neil -Willow Tree NSW
some common sense and save the beautiful cropping areas of Australia;
there are so few of them! Abandon coal (and it's associated
by-products), and use the money wisely to establish solar and wind
generation, which are environmentally friendly. Coal mining in
prime cropping areas will destroy forever these lands, whereas
sustainable farming practises will see these lands producing quality
food for thousands of years!
Justin -Willow Tree NSW
there any minister or government official with the guts, foresight or
vision,to stand tall to protect the future of our nation and state?.
Stop looking only as far as the next election and start looking to the
Toxic chemicals are deadly,its proven. DEADLY! This means people die! Whats is not to understand!
ridiculous and shameful to embrace a tecnology that "cuts and runs"
after 15 years leaving the soils defaced and useless, uses gigalitres
of precious water and spews out the noxious "used" water and, though
burned emits less CO2 that coal, the unburnt gas which can escape is
22times more CO2! And so it goes! Stop it now!
Alan -Broke NSW
action required to halt AGL destroying the Lower Hunter vineyards and
tourism with CSG exploration and total lack of community consultation.
Rob -Willow Tree NSW
are enough question marks over this form of Gas Production,especially
on Australia's BEST farming country-even in the US it isn't on their
Kim - Broke NSW
would also like to note that the QLD state government is now making CSG
companies treat produces water as part of their licencing conditions.
This is not a viable solution! Many of the toxins present in the
produced water CANNOT be removed by reverse osmosis: the carbon and
hydrogen molecules (basic hydrocarbon chemistry) are smaller than the
water molecules, which have to be passed through the membranes to
remove the salinity! (Also, if the fracking fluid constituents are NOT
known, how can one test to ensure that the water is "clean" of the full
range of contaminants?) To quote from the Toowoomba City Council
website: "Given its close contact with coal and gas, CSG water would be
expected to contain hydrocarbons, including polyaromatic hydrocarbons,
or PAHs, that are known to be carcinogenic. Water associated with coal
and/or gas seams is also known to contain elevated concentrations of
radionuclides including radium, uranium and radon. It appears
tha t no studies have been done to determine the actual
concentrations of these contaminants in the water in question."
also note that companies such as Arrow Energy are using the CSG
"recycled" water to irrigate fodder crops. This is setting a dangerous
precedent, given that many contaminants cannot be removed from the
produced water - the carcinogenic hydrocarbons in particular. I know
that AGL is planning to irrigate fodder crops in the Hunter Valley if
their PPL is approved. These contaminants will not only get into the
food chain, but also into drinking water supplies. This is unspeakably
WRONG on these grounds alone.
have only tank water, and live in an area which normally has a low
rainfall, we rely on the back-up groundwater from our well. Our future
is grim, if toxins enter our ground supply through the process of
fracturing for gas is allowed
precautionary principle must be applied to the coal and coal seam gas
industries. If you don't know the impacts, you don't go. The current
process of the companies using consultants to perform the Enivronmental
Impact Assessment (EIA) is flawed as the consultant is biased to
provide their 'client' with an assessment that gets the Development
Application over the line. The consultants essentially produce
'adversarial' science and they are not held accountable for the
predictions in the EIA that are incorrect. There is no alternative to
water and fertile soils. There are alternatives to coal and coal seam
gas as energy sources. The government needs to focus their energies on
these alternative sources and stop raping the resources of Australia
for a few dollars.
Richard - Mullaley NSW
In addition I do not want my land used as a waste dump for CO2 gasses
Brian - Dunedoo NSW
of a Pipeline from Narrabri to Wellington should not be entertained
because of the alluvial black soil farming areas that would be put at
risk on the Liverpool plains and Coolah/Dunedoo floodplains
Brett - Mullaley NSW
seems that virtually every populous country in the world is taking food
security and sustainability very seriously except Australia. China,the
Arab Nations and India most notably are keen to have a secure food
supply for their people and are buying farm land in Australia for that
very purpose.The politicians in Australia are blissfully ignorant of
the fact that this country is already importing food and that the years
of natural largess of excess production have drawn to a close.The area
of very fertile land that has good rainfall and underlying irrigation
supply in Australia is very limited, to even consider putting future
food production in these areas under threat of real disruption and
destruction beggars belief. I support an indefinite moratorium on
further exploitation of coal seam gas in these areas.
Robert - Woollahra NSW
need to protect the productivity of the State's prime agricultural
land, such as the Liverpool Plains, for generations to come.
James -Lindfield, NSW
deeply concerned about the insatiable push from the mining industry
with regards to Coal Seam Gas extraction. We are placing at risk the
health and productive food capacity of our country for what is once off
revenue today. What lies below the earth has been there for millions of
years - we should be in no rush to use CSG without understanding what
that can do to underground water supplies, and future farming
productivity. This is a matter of deep concern - we owe it to the
generations that follow us. The world population is expanding -
Australia has the best resource we could dream of having, and that is
highly productive farming land that will produce year after year after
year. To risk that for a once extraction of gas is highly irresponsible.
Murdo - Tambar springs NSW
undertake CSG operations in a highly productive(agriculturally) area
such as the liverpool plains is nothing short of insanity.The risks
associated with gas extraction should automatically make it this area a
no go zone.Its about time political parties stopped taking large
donations from mining companies and start making decisions based on the
effects this modern day gold rush is having on agricultural land, water
supplies and the people who live and work here.
Geoffrey -Willow Tree NSW
is all proceeding far too quickly and it is likely that damage will be
done before proper risk assessment and planning is done. Damage will be
irreversible and realistic compensation unachievable
Ben -Condamine QLD
it hard to trust anything the State Governments and CSG companies are
telling the land holders. Why would a government want to interupt food
production when world agriculture is going to strugle to feed the
worlds booming population. Currently the Federal government is spending
billions on water buy back schemes in the Murray Darling system. Who
were the ones that over allocated river systems.... State Governments,
because at the time money was in Agriculture. What is the difference
right now with the CSG industry and State goverments now going ahead
with this 50year CSG industry. None. Over allocation for short term
financial gain. I hate to think how much it will cost the Federal
government in 50 years to replace the Great Artesin Basin. No amount of
money could ever fix that problem. Anna Bligh is creating jobs for one
major environmental stuff up. Congratulations Anna
living in germany early 1940's? Three basics for survival:
water, food and shelter.You are eliminating the first two with such
greedy approvals.Do what is good for the country.Other nations are
planning to feed there populations in the long term. So protect our
food production, your grand children will be grateful,they cannot eat
and drink money!
Neil Coonamble NSW
would exist out here in the West without the Great Artesian Basin -
which lies under almost a quarter of our arid continent. If CSG
mining is allowed to continue, not just the farmers and industries that
rely on the GAB will be gone, but country towns and whole communities
will cease to exist. Water = life, and no-one can live out here
without the GAB. CSG mining is destroying the GAB, and must be
stopped IMMEDIATELY before it does any more damage. What is the
rush anyway, to destroy something so priceless as our aquifers, for
something so short-term and unviable as CSG mining? Why not at
least call a moratorium, and look at all the evidence we have, before
you rush on with this destructive industry? Once an aquifer is
destroyed, it can never be rebuilt or rehabilitated. It is gone
Anne - Coonamble NSW
does it take to convince the govt's that CSG will destroy our aquifers,
our GAB, our environment and our food-producing lands. Don't they
ever think of the future generations? Do they think the world
will self-destruct in 20 years? What do they think people will
eat or drink in Australia in the future? Even the National
Water Commissioner has warned that the coal seam gas industry could
have a "significant" impact on surface and groundwater if not managed
properly. "We also recognise that if not adequately managed and
regulated, the industry risks significant, long-term and adverse
impacts on surface and groundwater systems."
Anne -Great Artesian Basin Protection Group Coonamble NSW
beyond belief that governments can risk our greatest national resource,
the Great Artesian Basin, for the short-term gain of quick money from
csg mining. CSG mining is poisoning, depleting and destroying the
finite waters of this great resource of water lying under 22% of
Australia. We live in the driest inhabited continent on earth,
why would you kill off a treasure like this? Our irreplaceable,
priceless Gift of the GAB is being destroyed by CSG mining.
John - Broke, NSW
are simply too many unanswered questions, too many gaps and loopholes
in existing legislation and out governments are rolling out the red
carpet for this intrusive, destructive industry. How many people
need to make the call for a full-scale moratorium before someone in
government begins to listen? How many people need to lose their
land before someone in government takes action? How much
destruction of health and the environment is ok before we realize we
have gone too far? We have already gone too far. We must
stop NOW! Until the questions are answered, until the laws are in
place, until the processes are setup correctly, until the rights of the
people and environment are protected, this industry and its fossil fuel
cousins must STOP!
Catherine - Cliftleigh NSW
is such a tragedy to be happening off the coast of my beautiful city of
Newcastle. We pride ourselves on our 'town', and adore our beautiful
beaches and healthy marine life.
I grew up here, and have
previously left for 7 years, and all the while missing my home and the
beaches - and have now returned - happier, because this place is my
home - even on a spiritual level. All these plans have gone on behind
our backs, and not allowing us to have a say in it!
I don't want
this, and I want you to listen to my plea. Please put our environment
first, and money second. What will the future be like when we rape
these resources, and and then run out? There are other ways to make
money, and there are other ways to sustain our way of life, and
everyone can adapt to change when it is for the good. I have changed
how I use resources, and am better for it. Please listen to your
people. We are supposed to work together.
If you do bad things to our earth, our earth will do bad things to us.
Lydia - Wallsend NSW
Community Members were not adequately consulted in the approval of Coal
Seam Gas Exploration and the risks associated have not been transparent
to the community. I object to the approval of such action and am
objective of and disheartened by legislation that does not support the
rights of community members to contribute to the decision making on
such impacting and relevant issues.
Industry and Investment NSW approves CSG exploration without input from
the Department of Environment, taking advice from industry on the
potential for contamination.
• Exploration licences exist across some of our most productive farming areas, our water catchments, and even Sydney.
There is no requirement for community consultation before approval of
exploration drilling. This is despite the potential for future full
scale extraction resulting in hundreds of wells, kilometres of
pipelines and the use of millions of litres of water.
Exploration activities can include the dangerous hydraulic fracturing
procedure (fraccing). Fraccing involves injecting hundreds of thousands
of litres of a water, sand and chemical mixture at high pressure into
the wells to crack open rock and stimulate gas flow.
• Scores of
exploration sites have been approved without any strategic assessment
of the cumulative impacts of CSG mining on our health, environment and
our future food security.
There is no strategic assessment:
has been no strategic assessment conducted of the dangers and
opportunities of CSG mining in NSW. The cabinet sub-committee which is
supposed to be developing a state wide coal strategy has failed to
progress and, despite questions, has refused to include CSG in that
strategy. Communities expect government to protect their health, their
livelihoods and their environment ahead of the profits of the mining
There is a lack of community consultation:CSG
exploration currently requires no consultation with local communities
before approval. Industry and Investment NSW can approve exploration
wells and the use of fraccing chemicals without referral to local
councils or public exhibition for community submissions. Environmental
review statements are not required to be made public before exploration
sites are approved.
I request that the members of the NSW Legislative Council & Parliament:
1. Put communities and the environment ahead of the profits of gas companies,
2. Support a moratorium on CSG exploration and extraction activities, and
3. Support an independent investigation into the environmental, social and economic consequences of CSG activities.
Allison - Shellharbour , NSW
the recent tradgery in NZ was not enough when we as a race realise its
not about the dollar.Its about the greater good of ALL mankind not just
the 10% who prosper.
Aaron - Maianbar, NSW
like 2 think that line had been drawn this will kill the Park and
isolate species from genetic diversity among other potential health
risks demonstrated elsewhere as stated in document. Absolutely
infuriated over their lack of respect displayed here in the proposal.
On a personal note ...I learned 2 horse ride down Otford Valley and
hoped one day 2 show my children this joy as I was ! I'm not anti
development, just anti stupidity !!!
Christopher - Mayfield, NSW
As a business owner and small farmer I am greatly concerned by these actions
Water is more basic to our life than profits for a few and coal seam gas with a higher CO2 footprint than coal!
Sara - Bondi Junction NSW
Understanding of coal seam gas exploration is that it takes from the
source of life with no thought for the people, environment, and the
importance of our nourishment, from which the earth provides for our
well being. It should have been made very public before being
implemented, it is a terrible mistake.
Geraldine - MULLALEY NSW
Minister We can not survive i.e. that is live on our land without
our current access and use of our underground water resource. Our
family produces food which we sell direct to the public in a 250km
radius of our farm. We farm on a sustainable basis and reinvest all but
our most basic living costs back in the farm in order to improve the
land and care for the environment. Please don't allow the Coal Seam Gas
industry to take our water from the aquifers below us (to pump out
under the guise of waste water) and please don't let them contaminate
the water which is so important for us ans our livestock and our
orchard and vegetables to live on.
Isabel - Alexandria NSW
isn't Coal Seam Gas mining and its significant environmental issues
covered by the Environment Protection Act and Water Protection Act? I
am concerned that permits for Coal Seam Gas mining with its Co2
footprint larger than Open Coal Mining without ANY consultation with
the people you represent. There are significant water issues linked to
this (not only the 100,000 megaliters needed to extract the gas BUT
also what happens to the polluted water afterwards). Halliburton was
subpoeaned in US for not sharing the chemicals it supplies for CSG
mining - yet these same chemicals will be used here. Beyond Zero has a
costed plan for Solar Thermal that can supply ALL Australia's energy
needs. Why aren't we supporting solar thermal private enterprise?
Tina - Bondi Junction NSW
go and see the film "Gasland" which illustrates the effect of coal seam
gas development without the proper government controls.
Mark - NSW
stop treating OUR LAND with such contempt. We are just custodians of
the land and when you finish subjecting it to constant trashing and
there is nothing left, you will be the 1st to whinge and complain about
the lack of air, water and all the storms and wind barrages that will
result from a dead land.
Think about others just for once instead of the almighty dollar.
keep selling everything off and the resultant job losses and problems
arising from this cause you to find other ways to make a buck at the
detriment of the land and the people.
STOP the DESTRUCTION!!!
Kath - Camperdown NSW
I am very concerned about this issue and I hope you give it the consideration it deserves. thanks
John - Austinmer NSW
part 3a approval of 15 CSG bores at Helensburgh in NSW is yet another
reason, as if any more were needed, why Labor will be dumped in march
2011. They lost my vote several years ago but this acion takes the
Ian - Mullaley NSW
I do not want the gas pipe line through my property
Juraj - Runaway Bay QLD
No to Coal Seam Gas mining!
Sue - St John's Wood QLD
stop wasting my hard earned taxes on polluting 19th century technology
when we know that Australia could be 100% powered by clean renewable
(NOT nuclear) energy sources, by 2020, at affordable prices (See BZE's
recently launched plan for Stationary Energy).