Narrabri Courier: American producer airs coal seam gas concernsJohn Fenton Narrabri

A 600-strong crowd packed The Crossing Theatre last Thursday night to hear American farmer John Fenton speak about the damage coal seam gas has caused to his Wyoming property.
Mr Fenton, who was in Narrabri as part of his Australian tour and has 24 gas wells on his Pavillion farm, said coal seam gas operations had ruined his small town’s water supply .
In 2010 the US EPA warned Pavillion residents not to drink the water and use a fan when bathing or washing clothes to avoid the risk of explosion, after it found the water contaminated.
“Once you have something like this move in on agricultural ground it’s never the same,” he told the audience.
“Our productivity has dropped … we cannot get the soil to be productive again.”
Many of his concerns centred on the effects from hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, which Santos says won’t be used as part of its Narrabri Gas Project.

 

John Fenton’s Op Ed in the Sydney Morning Herald 28/02/14

Coal seam gas industry’s solution to underground pollution is to bury the proof

water on fireIn response to misleading, industry spin peddled by former Howard Minister Peter Reith, John Fenton wrote an Open Editorial in the Sydney Morning Herald explaining the impact that drilling for gas has had on his land, water and community.

Read John Fenton’s article: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/coal-seam-gas-industrys-solution-to-underground-pollution-is-to-bury-the-proof-20140227-33m4t.html#ixzz2uZQBg3ak

Read Peter Reith’s original article here: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/coal-seam-gas-debate-has-no-place-for-scare-campaigns-20140224-33cw3.html 

Tour dates

John Fenton, Wyoming famer & gas activist

Saturday 22 February – Sydney
Sunday 23 February – Brisbane
Monday 24 February – Bangalow
Tuesday 25 February – Casino
Thursday 27 February – Narrabri
Friday 28 February - Gloucester
Friday 28 February – Taree/Wingham
Sunday 2 March – Illawarra
Tuesday 4 March – Bowral
Thursday 6 March – Melbourne
Friday 7 March – Gippsland