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44 percent of wells leaking at UK Treasury director’s gasfield: Australian government

Over 44 percent of wells are leaking in an Australian gasfield overseen by UK Treasury director Baroness Hogg, according to the Queensland government (see p4 of linked pdf). Almost half the wells tested at the Tara field in Queensland show some sign of leakage, reports the Queensland Mines Department. Over 5,000 coal bed methane (CBM) […]

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Driller’s share price crashes as Australia direct actions continue

Investors have taken flight from an Australian Coal Bed Methane operator as community Direct Action escalated at its site in Doubtful Creek, New South Wales. The action are ongoing – see here for details. The share price of driller Metgasco has fallen by nearly 50% since the start of the February, due to efforts of […]

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Civil Disobedience will be outcome of Dash for Gas

The growing anti-fracking movement has become a major headache for the gas industry. Rising from nowhere eighteen months ago the movement has become so large that these days gas drilling is rarely mentioned without a second word: “controversial”. This is not simply a UK phenomenon. In the US thousands of people regularly protest against gas […]

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Community Resistance takes on The Coal Seam Gas Industry and the state in New South Wales

Coal Seam Gas (aka Coal Bed Methane, see Dart Energy’s plans for Airth Scotland) has been hitting the headlines in Australia in a big way. When Metgasco tried to establish a site at Glenugie in New South Wales local residents were quick to react and started a blockade. Metgasco’s drilling contractor AJ Lucas (who own […]

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Direct Action used by blockaders in New South Wales

Blockades and actions across Australia are enjoying high levels of community support. Numbers alone are not necessarily enough. But adding direct action tactics to a well informed, challenging and potentially disobedient crowd create major headaches for the drillers and the authorities.         In some cases the atmosphere of a town fete with […]

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Australia residents beat off Scottish gas drillers

After a combative stand off between residents of Fullerton Cove, Australia and gas company Dart Energy, the company has been forced to stop drilling. Dart – which also recently applied for planning permission to drill 22 new wells in Airth, Scotland, ¬†lost an injunction to drill for Coal Bed Methane¬†until a full legal challenge has […]

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