Coal Seam gas: future bonanza or toxic legacy?

Article for ACL Viewpoint magazine 23 January 2012
By Dr Marion Carey, VicHealth Senior Research Fellow, Monash Sustainability Institute

Executive summary:

– Large scale coal seam gas development poses poorly assessed, yet potentially serious health risks to the community

– There is the potential for public health to be affected directly and indirectly by CSG operations through contamination of water, air and soil, as well as long-term impacts on rural communities.

– Current assessment, regulation and monitoring of CSG impacts on the environment, public health and vulnerable communities is insufficient to provide confidence of adequate safeguards.

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