Fear of fracking

COAL seam gas (CSG) exploration and extraction is nothing new in Australia; it is an established $60 billion industry that has been operational since 1996 in Queensland, which supplies 90% of the natural gas used in the state.

What is newsworthy, though, is the rapid rate of new exploration in Queensland and into NSW and Victoria. Whether this poses health risks for communities living near the CSG sites, as well as the CSG workers themselves, is still an unanswered question.

There are currently 3530 wells across NSW and Queensland, according to the

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