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Community group Sydney Residents Against Coal Seam Gas are holding a Q&A session to answer any questions about coal seam gas mining that the community may have regarding coal seam gas, the Sydney campaign or the national organisation Lock the Gate Alliance.

  • Tuesday 18th October 2011
  • 6:30pm for a 7pm start. Lasts until 9pm
  • Herb Greedy Hall – 79 Petersham Road Marrickville
  • No charge
  • Everyone welcome

Local community group ‘Sydney Residents Against Coal Seam Gas’ are holding a rally to protest the impending drilling for coal seam gas by Dart Energy at the Dial a Dump site in St Peters.  The rally will also be calling on the NSW government to prohibit coal seam gas mining in Sydney until all water, health & other environmental impacts are revealed.

There is much for the community to be concerned about with Dart Energy’s mine in St Peters.  Recently the Queensland government banned coal seam gas mines within 2km of a residential community of 1,000 people or more.  Here in NSW, coal seam gas mining is proposed around 4km from Sydney CBD in a high-density residential area.  This will be the first time a coal seam gas mine has been established in an Australian city.

Dart Energy intends to use a horizontal drilling technique that will allow them to drill 3.8kms & up to 6kms in all directions from the St Peters mine.  Click on the map below to see just how far 4kms is in each direction. It’s actually most of the Inner West, which makes this an issue for many more people than just those who live in St Peters.

Coal seam gas is touted as clean energy, but in reality it is just as dirty as coal once all factors in the process are taken into account. 

“Burning CSG emits less carbon into the atmosphere, but in the process huge quantities of methane are released.  The methane is, say, 20 times worse than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.” ~ Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

There is a significant risk of accidents that could contaminate groundwater.  In this case it is the Botany Bay aquifer, the Alexandra Canal & the Cooks River.  Wolli Creek & Muddy Creek, the lakes of Sydney Park & The Lakes Golf Club are also in the 3.8km zone, as is Botany Bay near Kyeemagh.

There is currently no known method to remediate groundwater once it is contaminated. 

Coal seam gas mines have also been known to leak methane gas.  It is highly explosive adding another serious risk.  See a short YouTube video taken on 21st July 2011 of a leaking pipe at in the Pilliga posted by Jeremy Buckingham MP –

Trucks will be bringing in water for the mining process. If Dart Energy does decide to use fracking to access the gas, more water will need to be trucked in & the polluted water will need to be put into ponds to evaporate.  Being nothing more than a hole lined with black pond liner, these evaporation ponds are open to wildlife & anything else that comes to the pond.  Problems like pond liners not in the correct position will mean that the polluted water will flow through the ground to our local waterways & the Botany Aquifer itself.  An example can be seen here –

There are a number of other serious concerns with coal seam gas mining. You can read about them, join Sydney Residents Against Coal Seam Gas &/or  contact the organizers here –

You can watch the award-winning documentary Gasland for free here –


I made a short video of the St Peters drill site & surrounding area here –

So, for your diary…..


WHEN:   Sunday 18th September 2011

TIME:  11am – 3pm

WHERE: Meet at 11am Camperdown Memorial Park – corner Lennox & Eliza Streets Newtown.

The rally will march down King Street to outside the drill site at St Peters & then a further 100-metres to the finish at Sydney Park where there will be speakers & music. Food will be available.  Dress for the weather, wear waking shoes & bring water.

This google map shows 4kms from the Dial a Dump site in a number of directions. Click to enlarge.

Tonight at St Peters Town Hall the community will get to hear & ask questions of the CEO of Dart Energy Australia Robert de Weijer.  Marrickville MP Carmel Tebbutt  & former Premier Kristina Keneally will also be on the panel.  The event has been organised by community group Sydney Residents Against Coal Seam Gas Mining.

WHERE:  Upstairs at St Peters Town Hall – 39 Unwins Bridge Rd St Peters
 from 6pm-8pm tonight 16th August 2011.  Parking is relatively easy & St Peters Town Hall is 1 block & an easy walk from Sydenham Railway Station.

Dart Energy say they intend to do horizontal drilling to 3.8km & possibly up to 6kms from the Dial a Dump site in St Peters. This Google map shows 4kms in a number of directions. Click to enlarge.

Community group Sydney Residents Against Coal Seam Gas & the Addison Road Community Centre are holding a screening of the film – Gasland by Josh Fox.

  •  Thursday 5th May 2011
  •  6.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Addison Road Community Centre – 142 Addison Road Marrickville. Plenty of free parking on site
  • Fund-raising sausage-sizzle & drinks for sale
  • Free entry – donations welcome
  • Film starts at 7pm

Gasland - nominated for Best Documentary 2011

Sydney Residents Against Coal Seam Gas & Jacinta Green have arranged a talk by the CEO of City of Sydney Council  on Trigeneration.

Monica Barone, CEO of the City of Sydney Council is going to talk about the City of Sydney Council’s plans for Trigeneration. The gas company has cited these plans as one of the drivers for the St Peters Coal Seam Gas Well.

A speaker from Beyond Zero will also talk about some alternatives for energy creation beyond coal, gas and coal seam gas.

  • Wednesday 13th April 2011
  • 6:30pm – 9:00pm
  • St Peters Town Hall – 39 Unwins Bridge Road Sydenham (1 block from Sydenham Railway Station)


In 2010 the film Gaslands hit the screens & shocked people across the world.  If you want to learn about the impact of coal seam gas mining & fracking, this is the film to see.

This event has been organised by the community group Sydney Residents Against Coal Seam Gas to protest the secretive plans for Coal Seam Gas exploration in St Peters.

When:           Saturday February 5th 2011

Time:             7:00pm – 10:00pm

Location:      Sydney Park, corner of Euston & Campbell Streets

St Peters

Cost:               Free.

A fundraising barbeque & drinks will happen from 7pm, the film screening is at 8pm.   There is plenty of parking.  Bring a blanket & your family & friends. It’s a gorgeous location to watch an open air film.




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