"Billions of dollars worth of coal seam gas will be mined around Sydney, with giant coal companies set to profit. Leaked confidential company documents reveal Apex Energy NL, a gas drilling company, agreed to help Peabody Energy distance itself from coal seam gas drilling to minimise bad publicity, The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Thursday.
"Peabody is very sensitive to having their name associated with any further resource development project ... lest it attract unnecessary attention and further aggravation," the Apex discussion paper said, referring to a proposed gas drilling site at Metropolitan Colliery. The site is under Sydney's drinking water catchment. Coal seam gas drilling is a controversial process which attracts strong opposition from environmentalists.
Among the companies set to benefit are Peabody and Rio Tinto, the Herald reports. The document said Peabody "would rather not be directly involved with any surface problems which may be brought to the attention of the Sydney Catchment Authority or other landowners, and that any public attention not be to the detriment of their underground coalmining activities".
From Australian Mining, 17 Sept.
"The NSW government has been recommended to remove the term “coal seam gas” and its acronym CSG from official documents in the state and perhaps across Australia. The recommendation came from the federal Standing Council on Energy and Resources, which is comprised of ministers from each state and territory and the commonwealth, the SMH reported.
The council compiled a briefing note for NSW energy and resources minister Chris Hartcher, and says the terminology should be changed to “natural gas from coal seams”. The note says the terminologies “coal seam gas” and “CSG” should be eliminated as much as possible from marketing content, replies to letters and from sentences on websites.
My Comment: Looks like the Tony Abbott era has begun.