Forum - COAL SEAM GAS: Economic bonanza or an environmental disaster?

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  • Location: The J Theatre, Noosa Junction 4567 Queensland

Coal Seam Gas has burst into Australia’s consciousness. Now tensions are simmering between some landowners and miners.

Advocates say CSG is cleaner and greener than alternative hydrocarbon energy sources, with Queensland’s known reserves estimated to be sufficient to power a city of 1 million people for 5,000 years.

The industry will create around 18,000 new jobs, generating new State royalties of $850m a year. But opponents say the risks are unknown and costs too great.

Up to 40,000 wells may be drilled, and thousands of kilometres of pipeline laid. At least three new LNG plants will be built in Gladstone to process the CSG. The rewards are enormous: but how great are the risks?

Paul Barclay will probe the industry’s pros and cons with one of its most influential opponents Tony Windsor, MP, Federal Member for New England whose concerns have led to the establishment of an Independent Expert Scientific Committee to review mine proposals.

They will be joined by Tony Wood, Energy Program Director at the Grattan Institute; Rick Wilkinson, of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association and veteran of the oil and gas industry having worked in Iran, Iraq, Egypt, the Sudan and the USA, and who initiated Santos’s $16bn Gladstone LNG project; and Paul Cleary, a senior writer for The Australian and author of Too Much Luck: The mining boom and the future of Australia.

Forum - COAL SEAM GAS: Economic bonanza or an environmental disaster?
Date: Saturday 16 June
Time: 10.00am
Price: $35
Venue: The J Theatre
Duration: 90 minutes

The Noosa Longweekend Festival, 15-24 June 2012
Over 80 cultural events staged over 10 days and nights.
Full 2012 Noosa Longweekend Festival Program available on

•    The 11th Noosa Longweekend Festival will be staged from Friday 15 -Sunday 24 June 2012
•    The festival comprises 10 days (and nights) of music, theatre, dance, literature, forums, film, food, visual arts and workshops staged at various venues in the iconic, beachside village and surrounding hinterland of Noosa, Queensland
•    Full festival program announced Thursday 3 May. Tickets on sale Tuesday 8 May
•    Over 80 ticketed and non-ticketed events will be on offer. Free events include heritage walks, photographic exhibitions, a children’s workshop and roving entertainment
•    Tickets can be purchased at or from The J Box office (in person, by phone (07) 5455 4455 or online at
•    In excess of 10,000 tickets will be on sale
•    Featuring the crème de la crème of local, national and international artists - in excess of 170 Artists, authors and guest speakers will participate in the 2012 Festival
•    Visit to keep up with festival news, program and ticketing information

Noosa Long Weekend Festival :
PO Box 2200, Noosa Heads
07 5474 9941
07 5474 9940
Noosa Long Weekend Festival

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The J Theatre, Noosa Junction

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