Australia has a new $50 billion industry. It carries unprecedented environmental risks but could be the path to energy salvation: cleaner than coal, safer than nuclear, a complement to renewables.
Big oil and gas companies tell us we could be the biggest liquid natural gas exporter in the world, but greenies and farmers are united in their opposition to coal seam gas extraction on some of our most fertile agricultural lands.
Will fracking thousands of coal seam gas wells poison our food bowl?
Will coal seam gas really help tackle climate change?
Where will they be drilling next?
Journalist Paddy Manning unpicks the coal seam gas extraction story, visiting drill sites, boardrooms, pipelines, parliamentary offices and angry farm gate protests. It seems that coal seam gas extraction may be one boom that's happening too fast.
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Comments about What the Frack?:
Fracking, or coal seam gas development, is a realtively new industry and Australia and I have long had questions about its environmental impact. This book has answered my questions and increased my concern. The author reviewed the technology and its impacts and found that fracking is moving forward quickly with limited knowledge on groundwater impacts. Other big issues such as impacts on high quality farmland and disposal of saline wastewater on the surface have not been adequately addressed by government. The book is a quick, informative and easily understand run through of the technical issues and the community activism over the issue that has been occurring. I would recommend it to anyone who has concerns about fracking wants to learn more quickly.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st April 2013
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.23