Narrabri Courier: American producer airs coal seam gas concerns
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.
Coal seam gas industry’s solution to underground pollution is to bury the proof
In 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
Over 600 people attended tonight’s event in Narrabri’s Crossing Theatre. They gave John Fenton a standing ovation.
Santos’ Pilliga gas project is one of the front lines in the campaign against coal seam gas.
Wyoming farmer John Fenton and his family have visited a coal seam gas drill site in the Pilliga forest in North West NSW today. Hundreds of farmers met him there.
A big crowd turned up to hear John Fenton tell his story in Casino
A warm welcome for John Fenton outside Mullaley.