Friday 19 May 2017 the Natural Resources Committee resolved to publish on its website the Minister’s response to the NRC’s Fracking report.

Friday 19 May 2017 the Natural Resources Committee resolved to publish on its website the Minister’s response to the NRC’s Fracking report. Mins response to fracking report.  

Alan Jones Podcasts

Alan talks to the Liverpool Plains farmer about the Santos Narrabri gas project. 10/04/2017 Alan talks to the chemical engineer Tim Forcey  from the Melbourne Energy Institute about methane emissions from coal seam gas. 10/04/2017 /  

The Bentley Effect The true story of how one remarkable community took on the giant gas mining companies – and WON!

The Bentley Effect screening: Portland on Mon 17 April at 7pm at Portland Football, Netball & Cricket Club, Henty Street, Portland Mt Gambier on Tue 18 April at 6.45pm at Oatmill Cinema, 7 Percy Street, Mt Gambier Robe on Wed 19 April at 6.30pm at Robe Football Club, Robe

Today Tonight – Poisoned farms and toxic food – the bitter battle in country SA that’s now reached the city.

Watch the video here and read a story in Advertiser Belinda Willis, The Advertiser- March 22, 2017 8:29pm “Our concerns really are about the long-term integrity of wells and drilling, the possible leakage between the aquifers and having a higher density of wells being built and drilled in the region,” Coonawarra Grape and Wine […]

The Limestone Coast Protection Alliance response to the “SA Energy Plan”

SA’s Energy Plan The Limestone Coast Protection Alliance commends Premier Weatherill on his plan to make SA independent of the national chaotic energy mess that has caused SA’s energy problems, and the failure of the Federal government to show any leadership in energy matters. We are also pleased about the creation of the $150 million […]

Limestone Coast Protection Alliance says go Solar Thermal, not gas

YES to Solar Thermal. NO to gas, says Limestone Coast Protection Alliance in meeting with Tom Koutsantonis   Key leaders from the Limestone Coast SA met with the Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy, Tom Koutsantonis on Monday to convey their position YES to Solar Thermal, NO to gas. Merilyn Paxton, Farmer, and Chair of […]

The ” Gas Crisis ” Con

Have you heard about the great “gas crisis” con? Why are Australian manufacturers and grannies paying through the nose and struggling to buy any gas at all, while we’re in the middle of a boom? Share this video and make sure we don’t let those pollies and gas bullies blame farmers for their absurd mistakes. […]

South Australia Votes: Solar thermal or Gas

There are alternatives to gas. Vote here. Jay Weatherill is currently deciding whether the South Australian Government buys its power from clean, on-demand solar thermal power with storage in Port Augusta or polluting and expensive gas.


Update! On Tuesday 29th November the South Australian government’s Natural Resources Committee released their final report in to Fracking in the South East of South Australia.  The Committee commenced this inquiry in November 2014 and have taken two years to release the 125 page   report. Presiding Member Hon Steph Key MP announced “After review of […]

Contact Your MPs

Dear Friends, Premier Weatherill and Mr Koutsantonis, Treasurer and Minister for Minerals and Energy are determined to turn the Limestone Coast into gasfields, claiming that this gas is vital for our “transition” to renewables. This is not true. The Liberal opposition has not spoken out to oppose this. It is up to us to make […]


On Friday 30th September many of our supporters took part in the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance Stay at Home Rally.  If you were unable to take part on that day  it is not too late to tell our South Australian government that you don’t want gasfields in the South East.  Since Victoria announced a ban on […]

Sound economics as Victoria quits fracking for good

The Victorian Government’s decision to ban fracking is based on sound economic and energy policy. Queensland’s experiment in unconventional gas has demonstrated that the economic benefits promised by the gas industry largely failed to materialise, and there has been an enormous downside to other industries.Arguments that the gas is needed have rung hollow as Australian domestic gas demand projections have been […]

Western Downs Battle Begins for Roma, Wandoan and Rolleston

Lock the Gate Media Release 16th June First ever legal challenge against major federal CSG approval: Santos’ 6100 CSG well expansion in Queensland The Western Downs Alliance has commenced legal proceedings which will challenge the Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunts, approval of 6,100 CSG wells in Queensland. The Santos GLNG Gas Field Development Expansion expands […]

Election battle hotting up in New England Joyce vs Windsor

Election 2016: Gas miner Santos has plans to drill for CSG in New England, documents reveal: Sydney Morning Herald story by Heath Aston Excerpts Santos has submitted new plans to drill for coal seam gas in the heart of Australia’s richest farming country, the Liverpool Plains – an area inside Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby […]

Political support for Solar Thermal Power Station in Port Augusta

At the National Press Club meeting in May the Repower Port Augusta Campaign asked whether South Australians could rely on both major parties to deliver solar thermal in Port Augusta. In response : Liberal Minister for Environment Greg Hunt: “In our case, yes, we set out when we laid out the Clean Energy Innovation Fund that our […]

GP says Limestone Coast Health Assessment Study needed

Limestone Coast Health Assessment Study Needed Limestone Coast General Practitioner Dr David Senior is calling for a comprehensive, ongoing and detailed Health Assessment Study in the Limestone Coast before any gas extraction is allowed. Dr David Senior, a General Practitioner from Robe, has written in a submission to the fracking hearing “Before any gas extraction […]

Public rejection of Coal Seam Gas Mining nationally

Lock the Gate Media release 3 June 2016 Polling of 250,000 people confirms public rejection of CSG mining nationally. Lock the Gate say this should trigger election commitments. New polling confirms the public has rejected risky unconventional gas drilling and highlights the failure of both major political parties to act on community concerns on the […]

Mine rehabilitation overhaul needed to avoid a massive toxic legacy

AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATION FOUNDATION MEDIA RELEASE 14 June 2016 Mine rehabilitation overhaul needed to avoid a massive toxic legacy A new report highlights systemic and structural failures in the regulation of mine closure and rehabilitation in Australia and recommends the federal government set up a national inquiry to avoid the fading mining boom leaving behind a […]

Renewable Energy 100% electricity and transport by 2050

Australia : We CAN get 100% renewable electricity by 2030! But do our political parties have the will? The Homegrown Power Plan, a joint project between GetUp! and Solar Citizens, shows how we can repower the country with 100% renewable electricity by 2030. How? By rebooting our failing electricity system, removing the roadblocks holding us […]

Limestone Coast participates in Australia’s National Highway Action

Lock the Gate Media Release World’s Longest Highway Protest, All Australian States and Territories Communities across Australia will take to our highways on June 25, 2016, as part of the world’s longest highway protest, to raise awareness about the risks of coal and unconventional gas mining to water resources in the lead-up to the Federal […]

South Australian Voters concerned about threats from Shale Gas Fracking support Moratorium: New Poll

South Australians want to heed the lessons from problems with shale gas fracking in the Eastern states, with an overwhelming majority of people concerned about the risk posed, according to a new poll released today. The survey of 1,135 residents across South Australia found 82.3% of the community are concerned about the threats of shale […]

Solar panels generate 5 times as many jobs per megawatt as coal or gas

In 2014, more than 12,000 Australians worked in rooftop solar installation, larger by far than the coal-fired power station workforce. This should not surprise us. Solar PV generates five times as any jobs in operation and maintenance per megawatt as coal or gas. Solar thermal has four times the number of jobs per megawatt, and […]

Offshore Performance Report for 2015 now out

NOPSEMA is the sole regulator of offshore oil and gas activity in Australia. The ‘Annual offshore performance’ report is NOPSEMA’s yearly stocktake of industry performance.  Latest edition now available June 2016 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2015 Industry performance Total offshore hours worked (as reported by industry) increased 7% from 14.3 million hours in […]

Real Energy begins fracking May 2016 Excerpts from Unconventional Oil and Gas May 27, 2016 Real Energy has commenced a five-stage fracture stimulation program of Tamarama–1 well, located in Queensland’s Cooper Basin, Queensland. The Tamarama–1 well is part of the Windorah Gas Project and the program will help Real Energy unlock significant value from its Cooper Basin acreage and take […]

Earthquakes and Fracking

Earthquakes and Fracking information on Earthworks Earthquakes and Hydraulic Fracturing Fact Sheet Earthquakes caused by fracking British Columbia Oil & Gas Commission: Investigation of Observed Seismicity in the Horn River Basin, August 2012 CBC Fracking causes minor earthquakes, B.C. regulator says British Geological Survey: Fracking and Earthquake Hazard Cuadrilla Resources: Geomechanical Study of Bowland Shale Seismicity, […]

Australia 100% renewable electricity by 2030

The Homegrown Power Plan, a joint project between GetUp! and Solar Citizens, shows how we can repower the country with renewable energy, reboot our failing electricity system and remove the roadblocks holding back the renewables boom. Read the report here. Get involved here We must: Reboot the system, rewiring our laws to deliver affordable, […]

Ernst vs. EnCana Cooperation CANADA Water Contamination

CHEMICALS ILLEGALLY INJECTED REPEATEDLY BY ENCANA IN 2004 INTO ROSEBUD’S DRINKING WATER AQUIFERS REMAIN SECRET, CONTRARY EVEN TO ALBERTA’S RULES OF COURT: Encana still has not filed with Ernst cleaned up records for document exchange (which had a December 19, 2014 deadline ordered by Chief Justice Wittmann); chemicals Encana injected directly into Rosebud’s drinking water […]

Analysis of scientific papers is damming against unconventional gas development!

Dr Jake Hays and Dr Seth Shonkoff reviewed the current scientific papers on shale gas between 2009 and 2015. This assessment was conducted using the PSE (Physicians, Scientists and Engineers) Database on Shale and Tight Gas Development which is available at: Over 685 papers on the impacts of unconventional gas development have been published […]

Number of unconventional gas publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals on the increase.

At least 685 papers relevant to unconventional gas impacts have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.  At the end of 2015, over 80% of the peer reviewed scientific literature on shale and tight gas development has been published since January 1, 2013 and over 60% since January 1, 2014. At least 226 have been published in 2015 […]

Project Charlie in Qld to feed the Export Industry

As the CSG ­LNG projects in Queensland shift into their operational phases, Queensland Gas Company (QGC) is continuing the hunt for reserves, expanding its natural gas tenements in Queensland through Project Charlie. With Australia’s LNG industry emerging from its construction boom, QGC’s new development, Project Charlie, aims to support Australia’s gas production through a $1.7 […]

Exporting LNG from Curtis Island off Gladstone

2016 update Six LNG trains are expected to be set up from Curtis Island near Gladstone and are expected to produce 25million tonnes a year of LNG for export. Queensland will be the world’s fourth largest LNG exporter by 2018. The main companies involved in these LNG export trains are : SANTOS Queensland Gas Company (QGC) […]

Clean up old mine sites 15,000 in Qld

JOHN McCARTHY, The Sunday Mail (Qld) June 12, 2016 12:00am A NEW growth industry in the state could be cleaning up the mess left from a once booming industry now in decline. Activist and Lock the Gate president Drew Hutton said thousands of jobs could be created in rehabilitating more than 400 abandoned mines […]

Doctors for Environment call for a National Approach

Doctors for the Environment Australia has presented their submission to the Senate Select Committee on Unconventional Gas and is calling for a moratorium on all new unconventional gas operations until health risk assessments of procedures and chemicals performed on an industry wide basis have been undertaken.  DEA Submission available here. “DEA is of the view […]

Oil spill modelling for Great Australian Bight now released.

Independent oil spill modelling from the Great Australian Bight Alliance If a blowout and spill were to occur in summer, aside from the direct and severe impact in near water, the oil would very likely impact the shores of Western Australia. Simulations show oil contamination could reach as far as Albany and Denmark. Under […]

Protect the Great Australian Bight from an Oil spill…What can you do?

Big Oil, Big Bight Part One: oil exploration in the Great Australian Bight See this article in The Wire NOPSEMA have knocked BP back twice already. The Wilderness Society have stated the possible major risks to our fisheries are to the tune of  $40 million and yet the SA Government is welcoming BP with open […]

Lock the Gate Road Trip to Limestone Coast

Come and meet Phil Laird and Annie Kia from Lock The Gate Alliance who will share how communities are winning, and what you can do to protect your ‘Mining Free Brand’ and protect your livelihood, land and families. Phil Laird is National Campaign Coordinator of Lock The Gate. A farmer, he understands the harm that […]

Make Victoria Gasfield Free Act Now!

Its time for a Victorian Gas Ban….. Over the next week, the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, will decide the future of risky unconventional gas drilling and the fate of regional communities across the state. He has an historic opportunity to turn the current moratorium on gas drilling in Victoria into a permanent ban! It would […]

Thirty eight Limestone Coast communities road surveyed

Congratulations to all those communities who have participated in this community-driven survey.  This is a great example of grass-roots democracy. 38 Limestone Coast communities road surveyed now! An average of 95% of people in these communities have said YES to being Industrial Gasfield and Invasive Mining Free communities. Declaring communities Gasfield Free is just the beginning. The reality […]

Limestone Coast Video and Petition available!!

Special thanks to all the participants who helped make these three films possible. The first short two minute film titled : “Why I’m locking my gate” has been released on the LCPA website A Petition to the Premier of SA has also been released on community run – please sign here

Alice Springs Suburb Survey Results – 89% Vote Gasfield Free

89% call for no shale gas fracking in Central Australia – community results are in! The results of a neighbour-to-neighbour community survey of Old Eastside in Alice Springs were launched on Sunday afternoon, revealing residents’ views on controversial shale gasfield fracking in Central Australia. The survey has been three months in the making and has […]

Mining Site Rehabilitation….How coal companies avoid and minimise their obligations in NSW, Qld.

Do mining companies rehabilitate sites after they have removed the coal? What are the state laws with regards to this, and more importantly what actually happens? In Queensland there are the new Chain of Responsibility Laws, which have just today (26th May) for the first time been enacted requiring Linc Energy’s former CEO to decommission the sites waste […]

Linc Energy Former CEO issued with Environmental Protection Order

May 26th The Courier Mail reports…. Fantastic News ….lets hope this is the first of many actions to rehabilitate the damage done by Linc Energy and underground coal gasification. Linc Energy: Former chief executive Peter Bond issued with Environmental Protection Order The Courier-Mail AN Environmental Protection Order has been issued to former Linc Energy […]

WA to reduce state fossil fuel use for power.

WA to reduce state fossil fuel generation  By Giles Parkinson on 8 April 2016, excerpts The conservative West Australian state government has taken the lead over the rest of the country and instructed its state-owned utility to shut down 380MW of fossil fuel capacity in the next two years. It seems certain that much of this will […]

ACT 100% Renewable by 2020

RenewEconomy, May 2, 2016, excerpts In May, the ACT environment minister Simon Corbell stood up at the Local Energy and Micro-Grids conference in Sydney to announce that the ACT was going to accelerate its push to renewable energy, and would supply 100 per cent of its electricity needs from renewable energy by 2020, almost all of it from […]

Landmark Court Victory to stop Coal Mine in Southern Highlands, NSW Southern Highlands landholders on 10th May won a vital case on appeal in the NSW Land & Environment Court, against Hume Coal attempts to explore for coal on their properties. The full import of the judgement will be dissected in coming days, but it will most likely sound the death knell for the proposed Hume […]

Tour the NSW and Qld gasfields…see for yourself firsthand!

Narrabri and Chinchilla are remote, but it is in these recharge areas of the Great Artesian Basin a relative handful of farmers are fighting for what they say is the future of agriculture in their areas. SAVE THE GAB See for yourself what is happening to the Great Artesian Basin then tell your friends. Protectors […]

Submission to Senate Inquiry from Queensland ….Pigs are dying!

The Sydney Morning Herald Report by Tim Barlass on 9th April 1000 pigs dead due to gas mining pollution, says submission to Senate, April 10, 2016 The death of up to 1000 pigs has been blamed on pollution associated with controversial gas mining, in a submission to a Senate inquiry into regulation of the coal […]

The 2016 Federal Budget Report

RenewEnergy, 6 May,2016, Sophie Vorrath , excerpts Opposition leader Bill Shorten has put climate change and renewable energy firmly on federal Labor’s economic agenda in his budget reply, while his party has re-opened the door to re-instating funds to the Australia Renewable Energy Agency, should it be elected. Uttering those two words that were conspicuously absent from the Turnbull […]

Qld bans Underground Coal Gasification, yet SA is to embrace it!!

Leigh Creek Coal Gasification…really? Renew Economy, excerpts One company is proposing to use new technology to “gasify” the brown coal resource at Leigh Creek and use it for a large base load gas plant. Underground coal gasification has been banned in Queensland, but the South Australian government does not plan to follow that example. “There […]

End of Coal in SA – will it be a Solar Future for SA?

Pt. Augusta Power Station – End of SA Coal Era InDaily Monday, May 9, Bension Siebert, excerpts The coal era has ended in South Australia this morning with the closure of Alinta’s Northern power station in Port Augusta. Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said it was a “sad day” but the Port Augusta plant was based on […]

MP Tony Pasin replies to a member’s question.

A member’s question to Mr Pasin on 6th May Is it true that you believe that the federal government should allow companies to mine coal seam (CSG), tight and shale gas? Mr Pasin’s reply, excerpts Thank you for contacting me regarding The Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 (the Bill). In no […]


Date 24th May 2016 THE HON MARK BUTLER MP, SHADOW MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER and MEMBER FOR PORT ADELAIDE WATER TRIGGER TO BE EXTENDED UNDER LABOR TO SHALE AND TIGHT GAS Labor recognises the importance of, and the community concern about the extraction of gas from shales and tight formations. That’s why […]

Unconventional gas is a small employer

In November 2015, The Australia Institute (TAI) stated: The entire oil and gas industry in Australia employs 27,500 Australian workers, or less than a quarter of 1% of the Australian workforce,[1] considerably less than the retail hardware store Bunning’s, which employs 33,000.[2] [1] ABS (2013a). 6291.0.55.003 Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, September 2015, Australian Bureau […]

Petroleum Companies Update for March 2016

  Otway basin • Analysis of Jolly-1 and Bungaloo-1 well data in PEL 495 and PRL 32 has confirmed: – a deep conventional gas play in Lower Sawpit Formation – Casterton Formation unconventional shale gas play Victorian acreage subject of application to suspend and extend due to moratorium on onshore gas production Proposed activities – […]

Delivery of our Petition in Canberra

A group from the Australian Conservation Federation has just delivered a petition of OVER 105,000 signatures to the 9 independent senators in Canberra this week. It was a powerful message that was very well received and had lots of media interest. We were greeted with open arms! This is a big deal in a government […]

Petroleum Companies Update for Feb.

Information about petroleum companies with interest in the region. Click here to download the document or scroll down to read it all here. Petroleum Companies Update for Feb   Links to companies websites Cooper Energy  Beach Energy Otway Energy Lakes Oil N.L. Flinders Mines     Petroleum Companies Update for Feb. Meeting Cooper Energy Quarterly Report, […]

Annual General Meeting November 15th

Annual General Meeting Sunday November 15th at 4pm Mt Gambier Hotel – Penola Room Corner of Penola Road and Commercial Street West, Mount Gambier Evening meal available All welcome If you can, please come along. All over the world small grass roots organisations like ours are showing they can make a difference but we can’t […]

LCPA Member and Supporter Survey

LCPA committee would like to find out what you think and what you want. Please let us know with this quick 2 minute survey. click on the link Open until 18th November. All welcome to complete.  Thankyou for doing survey.    

Coal and the Bulga video from The Weekly

The Weekly has uploaded the Bulga segment so you can watch and share. I had a great laugh : you either laugh or you cry!

Lucindale Gasfield Free Public meeting

Come to a community film evening to find out about unconventional gas and fracking. Wednesday 22nd July at 7.30pm at the Senior Citizens Clubrooms, Lucindale Learn more about the potential impacts to our farmlands, water and health. Watch the short Australian documentary ” Fractured Country” We will have guest speaker Huck Shepherd, Chairperson of the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance available […]

Health and Fracking Report

Background The United Kingdom (UK) is presently set to expand ‘hydraulic fracturing’ of shale formations (‘fracking’) as a means of extracting unconventional gas. Proponents of fracking have argued that it can be conducted safely and will bring benefits in the form of: a) energy that is cleaner in climate terms than coal and oil; b) […]

New Books of Interest May 2015

New Books; The Human and Environmental Costs of Fracking (Praeger Press, 2015) by Prof. Madelon Finkel Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: Praeger (March 31, 2015) Language: English ISBN-10: 1440832595 ISBN-13: 978-1440832598   Professor Madelon Finkel says; This is an important book discussing many different aspects of an important topic. Each of the authors is an expert […]

Summary of countries that have taken action against fracking May 2015

List of countries/jurisdictions that have taken action against fracking 21st May 2015 Mark Jones Mount Gambier UK and Poland are the only European countries to have expressed whole-hearted political enthusiasm for fracking, with even Poland now having second thoughts after three exploration companies withdrew following poor results. In the US there is a growing list […]

Frackman screening in Mount Gambier

Over 180 people packed the Oatmill Cinema on 13th May for the premiere screening of Frackman the Movie. The audience were deeply disturbed by the real life story of Queenslander Dayne Pratzky, highlighting the negative impacts of coal seam gas on lives and our environment plus the willingness of government to sacrifice the wellbeing of rural people for dubious short term economic gain. On […]

Frackman Move your Money Campaign Launched

The Limestone Coast Protection Alliance is supporting the Frackman move your money campaign as we are concerned about the local impacts of gas drilling on our groundwater, agricultural land, air and health. We are encouraging people to find out if their bank and superannuation companies invest in unconventional gas projects and fracking by visiting the website […]

Compton Community Gasfield Free Road surveys underway

Compton Community have met and have seen the Fractured Country DVD and are now planning to go out and survey their roads to find out if the community can become Gasfield and Invasive mining free. For more information contact Elizabeth on 87253340.  

Money politics trumps party loyalty as Ferguson enters the NSW anti-CSG fray

Money politics trumps party loyalty as Ferguson enters the NSW anti-CSG fray Independent Australia by Sandi Keane on 27 March 2015, Money politics trumps party loyalty as Martin Ferguson enters the NSW anti-CSG election fray. Deputy editor, Sandi Keane, sets out to expose the truth behind his barrage of spin. THE POWER of money over party […]

Santos CSG wastewater to top 1 million litres a day

Santos CSG wastewater to top 1 million litres a day – with nowhere to go Sydney Morning Herald reports on Date March 28, by Peter Hannam Environment Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald Santos Energy is seeking approval for a new waste treatment plant at its controversial pilot coal seam gas field in northern NSW without […]

New Book; The Human and Environmental Costs of Fracking

New Book; The Human and Environmental Costs of Fracking (Praeger Press, 2015) is available.  Madelon Finkel says; “This is an important book discussing many different aspects of an important topic. Each of the authors is an expert in his/her field, and the material is all evidenced-based (no personal opinions permitted). Natural gas and oil […]

Fracking causing earthquakes

Science has determined that fracking causes earthquakes — now it’s trying to figure out what to do next Business Insider Australia by Shane Ferro  Mar 5 2015, Researchers are pretty sure at this point that the increase in earthquakes in the middle of the US in recent years have been caused by fracking. The USGS […]

Earthquakes from deep fluid injection in wells increasing

U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey Coping with Earthquakes Induced by Fluid Injection. Released: 19th Feb 2015 MENLO PARK, Calif.— A paper published in Science provides a case for increasing transparency and data collection to enable strategies for mitigating the effects of human-induced earthquakes caused by wastewater injection associated with oil and gas […]

Sherlock Minerals Exploration Licences

See the map for the numbers which show where the exploration licences are. Sherlock Minerals Pty Ltd Exploration Licence; 5385 looking for Copper Gold Lead Silver Zinc Exploration Licence; 5386 looking for Copper Gold Lead Silver Zinc Exploration Licence; 5387 looking for Copper Gold Lead Silver Zinc Note that the other small areas on map […]

Strike Energy pulls out of Lignite Project near Kingston SE

Strike Energy hands back its licence to the State Government, 5th April 2015. Radio Adelaide After ten years of research into the possibilities of mining lignite in the South East, Strike Energy has handed back the licence to the State Government and gone elsewhere. After eight years of protests re lignite mine and associated activities, […]

Guardian Media Group to divest its £800m fund from fossil fuels

GMG becomes largest fund yet known to pull out of coal, oil and gas companies in a move chair Neil Berkett calls a ‘hard-nosed business decision’ justified on ethical and financial grounds. The Guardian Media Group (GMG) is to sell all the fossil fuel assets in its investment fund of over £800m, making it the […]

Obama administration unveils new fracking rules.

by David Jackson, March 20, 2015 The Obama administration said Friday it is tightening rules on fracking with regulations that it says will preserve the oil and gas extraction method while protecting water supplies and the environment. The new rules, which take effect in June, require oil and gas companies to disclose the chemicals they […]

NT pastoralists show down with mining companies; Landline

Boiling Point on Landline on 16th March 2015 PIP COURTNEY, PRESENTER: Northern Territory pastoralists are the most unprotected in the country when it comes to their rights in facing up to mining and exploration companies. For years, they’ve been pushing for better protection and a bolstering of legislation. But nothing has happened and tensions are […]

Chevron pulls out of unconventional gas in Cooper Basin

Read these three articles on Chevron withdrawing from unconventional gas exploration in Cooper Basin. Chevron pulls out of Aussie shale exploration By Sara Stefanini Posted 27 March 2015 13:16 GMT Chevron has pulled out of Beach Energy’s unconventional gas acreage in central Australia, just two years after the United States major made a splash by […]

Doctors for Environment Media Release on Senate Select Committee Queensland report

DEA is an independent health advocacy organisation of medical doctors addressing the health impacts of environmental damage. Doctors for the Environment; Media release: Politicians’ rush for profits puts Queenslanders at serious risk of illness 30 March 2015 Last Friday’s report into the former Queensland government not only exposes the inadequate regulation and approval processes […]

Senate Select Committee on the State of Queensland

Report March 2015 Read here what this Australian Senate Committee has found in its investigation into Coal Seam Gas in Queensland plus other matters. Recommendations include Recommendation 11 The committee recommends that the Queensland government ensure all mining and other major development activities are consistent with Australia’s environment and social obligations under international environmental […]

NSW Gas Plan to improve regulations

19 March 2015, 7.28pm The Conversation; The future of coal seam gas after the NSW election by Dr James Horne. The Baird government’s gas plan. In November last year, the Baird government released its new Gas Plan. Its plan adopted all of the recommendations of an inquiry into the state’s CSG industry by the NSW […]

NSW swings against Coal Seam Gas

26 March 2015 “In vast swaths of rural New South Wales, there’s only one election issue: coal seam gas.” by Gay Alcorn, This Guardian Article summarises what has been happening with CSG licences in NSW. Read more at  There are two main CSG projects in NSW. SANTOS CSG in the Pillaga Forest near Narrabri & […]

NSW Election results indicate swing against coal seam gas

News FLASH; NSW ELECTION – Liberals retain government, Premier Mike Baird claims election victory, but Labour predicted to gain 13 seats with statewide swing of more than 9 per cent. Looks like the National Party has done poorly especially in areas with CSG where The Greens may have won the National Party seats of Ballina […]

Rally 11th March 2015

What a day yesterday turned out to be. After forming our new seed group the ‘Mount Gambier Community Group’ only a few weeks ago we have pushed ahead with some big ideas.  After hearing the Prime minister was coming to town Jo and I spent a few hour Friday ringing around to finally find out […]

Maps of Limestone Coast Petroleum and Mineral licences

PEL image SarigMap (2) SarigMap Here are the Petroleum Exploration Licences in Limestone Coast.

Award for the Robe Declaration Day

The Limestone Coast Protection Alliance has received an award from Robe for organising the Robe Declaration Day. Here is the speech and some images from the day! Thank you Speech- 2015 Robe Mayoral Award to LCPA Robe Declaration Day   On behalf of the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance, I would like to thank Mayor Peter […]

Evidence for Submissions to the Inquiry

We have put together a list of credible documents and evidence to assist you in putting in a submission for the Parliamentary Inquiry into Fracking. ( Click here for more information about what the Inquiry is about ) There are a lot of different documents here (some of which are quite large). You don’t have […]

SA Parliamentary inquiry into Fracking in SE of SA

Have your say – put in a submission On 19th November 2014, Mark Parnell’s motion to establish a Parliamentary Inquiry into fracking in the South East of SA was passed by the Legislative Council. Submissions are now being called for by the Natural Resources Committee of SA Parliament. For your info, here are the official Terms of Reference: Potential […]

SA State Mineral Royalties less than 3% and Oil and Gas under 9%

Royalties in SA 2012-2013 While Minerals production was 4.8 billion and Petroleum  production approx 1.1 billion Minerals royalties paid to State : $107.5m only about 2.2% of production Petroleum royalty $81.2 approx 8% of production Total SA State royalties 2012/13: $188.7m 2013-2014 Mineral production 5.4 billion and Petroleum production 1.6 billion Minerals royalties paid: $157.5m which is […]

Tasmania fracking review December 14

Shale gas fracking under review in Tasmania By Jane Ryan 1st December 2014 Drilling for shale oil and gas. Land owners and environmental law experts in Tasmania are using a state review of unconventional shale gas mining to ensure the rights of farmers and their neighbours. Coal Seam Gas (CSG) mining using the fracking technique […]

UK Chief Scientist New Report Released – warns against fracking

The Guardian UK Fracking risk compared to thalidomide and asbestos in Walport report Historic innovations that have been adopted too hastily with grave unforeseen impacts provide cautionary examples for potential side effects of fracking, says report by government’s chief scientist Mark Walport. Fracking carries potential risks on a par with those from thalidomide, tobacco and […]

CANADA; Jessica Ernst can sue Alberta Government over fracking

Canada Judge has ruled that Jessica Ernst, Biologist can sue Albert Govt , Canada over fracking. “There is a reasonable prospect that Ernst’s claim that she is owed a private duty of care will succeed,” he wrote. “There is also a reasonable prospect that Ernst will succeed in defeating Alberta’s statutory immunity claims.” Wittmann ordered […]

Radioactive materials are not disclosed by Coal Seam Gas industry

Anti-CSG groups says use of radioactive materials should be disclosed Sydney Morning Herald Date November 24, 2014  Peter Hannam   EXCLUSIVE Radioactive material is being used at some coal seam gas drilling sites in NSW and Queensland, raising concerns about potential health and environmental impacts. A radiation management licence issued to US-based drilling company Halliburton shows […]

Fugitive emissions high at Queensland Coal Seam gas fields

The Methane Emissions Study from Southern Cross University is now published!   This peer reviewed study found elevated methane levels near gas fields.  Methane has 86 times higher greenhouse gas potential than carbon dioxide over at 20 year time frame and high levels in gas fields reduce the benefits of using gas as a replacement source […]

Today Tonight on fracking in November

Today Tonight’s Paul Makin came to the South East 13th November and and interviewed farmers and Beach energy about fracking around Robe SE. Listen to the full story at Issues We are concerned with the risks of gas extraction and fracking on our groundwater.   Full disclosure of chemicals is not required in SA and […]

OffShore Seismic Testing at Robe

Seismic exploration may start offshore near Robe from January.  We are concerned about the impact of drilling offshore on our marine environment and fishing and lobster industries.  The recent inquiry into the DeepWater Horizon Drill rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has highlighted the need for strong regulation for environmental protection.  […]

LCPA AGM 16th November Success

Our AGM was held on 16th November in Robe. Guest speakers from Conservation Council of SA. LCPA have grown from 11 members to 390 members, and this year our committee has expanded to continue our work of raising awareness of the risks with unconventional gas mining and invasive mining. Members come from business, vignerons, health, […]