By Jamieson Murphy Nov. 19, 2015, 10 p.m Namoi Valley Independent
A NEW report by the Australia Institute highlights the impact unconventional gas developments have on towns in Queensland – and anti-coal seam gas groups in New England say the report is an important warning for NSW.
The report, based on mostly gas industry-funded research, shows local businesses in Queensland CSG regions believe gas development has led to deterioration in their finances, local infrastructure, social connections and labour force skills.
“We can now look at what actually happened to the local economy as a result of the Queensland unconventional gas experiment,” report author Mark Ogge said.
“The results show that expectations of economic benefits largely failed to eventuate.
“Most other industries reported being worse off due to the unconventional gas industry push into their region.”
The report highlighted survey results by the CSIRO that found less than a quarter of people living in unconventional gas regions approved of the industry and only 6 per cent thought it would change their region for the better.
Most other industries reported being worse off due to the unconventional gas industry push into their region.
Narrabri farmer and People for The Plains spokeswoman Sarah Ciesiolka said the evidence showed CSG mining was “highly invasive and destructive” to agricultural land and water resources, and was a health risk to communities.
“Now this new report shows it has also created boom and bust towns, with documented large-scale job losses, towns with hundreds of unsaleable and unrentable houses, contractor insolvency, coupled with depleted community services and infrastructure,” Ms Ciesiolka said.