Australia has a new $60 billion-plus industry. Suddenly it seems, coal seam gas is being found everywhere: under homes, under farms, under forests. Communities across the country are up in arms and governments are scrambling to satisfy competing demands for affordable energy with protection of our land and water. Big oil and gas companies hope Australia will soon be the biggest liquid natural gas exporter in the world, but Greenies and farmers are united in their opposition to coal seam gas extraction, especially on our most fertile agricultural land. In this brilliant account, journalist and energy expert 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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