COMMENT: Is "people want CSG" one of the facts in the "fact-based energy security debate"?IT appears that only the farmers getting fracked don't like it. So proximity determines attitude. Given the widespread ambitions the frackers have for democratising the experience, at some stage people wont want CSG. Everyone will have been fracked. Let the debate begin.
On 'the revitalisation of regional communities that comes with the gas industry's expansion', there is an alternative to laying waste to the landscape and poisoning the water in the name of energy security: carbon farming. Restoring soils, regenerating farm landscapes, and revitalising regional communities while reducing emissions and reducing the CO2 overload. Trading farm-based offsets starts officially in November. That's why the central theme of this year's Carbon Farming Conference (28-29 September, Dubbo NSW) is 'preparing farmers to trade'. See www.carbonfarmingconference.com.au