Coal fracking likely in Sydney area: report

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Coal fracking likely in Sydney area: report

ABCJanuary 17, 2013, 9:01 am

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A report to the New South Wales Government from the state’s Chief Scientist has found fracking is likely to be used to access coal seam gas, in areas including Sydney.

The Greens have obtained the report which was provided to Resources Minister Chris Hartcher by Chief Scientist Mary O’Kane.

Professor O’Kane’s office sought advice from three experts and found that fracking is likely to be used in the latter stages of gas developments, particularly in the areas of Sydney, Gunnedah and Gloucester.

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham says the risks of fracking are too great.

“New South Wales is set to be fracked from top to bottom,” he said.

“Once you frack it’s a humpty dumpty situation, you can’t put your geology, your aquifers, your suburbs back together again.

“It’s dangerous and it’s risky.

Mr Buckingham says the secret report adds weight to calls for a moratorium on coal seam gas mining across New South Wales.

“These documents reveal that this will be a massive industry with massive impacts on our aquifers, our farms, our water,” he said.
“The Government should press pause.”

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