7 News 23rd November 2012:
“Residents of Sydney's southwest who thought they were safe from coal seam gas exploration are in for a rude shock.
7News can reveal gas company AGL is planning to drive new wells sideways under their homes.
Campbelltown seems like an unlikely place for mining, but under homes there is gas.
If it's approved, new rigs will burrow sideways to seek and extract.”
Apparently 66 wells are planned between Campbelltown and Liverpool and of course these will be changing rock integrity and water tables under houses. Does nobody remember the problems mining caused in the Newcastle area? Or how hard it is for homeowners to get compensation when things go wrong?
And it’s not ancient history.
This began last August:
“Mrs Mancinelli’s four-bedroom, two-storey home has shifted, creating large cracks on the front and inside walls, near doorways and windows, inside the house and the garage.The concrete pool has cracked and dropped. Doors in the house have been removed because they would no longer close, walls are bowed and the side fence is leaning at a precarious angle.Mrs Mancinelli’s family built the house 14 years ago and recently completed a large renovation. She said that in the space of five weeks, an area spanning about 11 metres from the front window to the back door, had dropped about 20cm and continued to fall.”
Now when miners first dug under or close to houses none of them ever thought there would be a problem – after all conventional underground coal mining had been going on for hundreds of years – but there was.
So why on earth is Bazza and his fatherless cronies even considering allowing unconventional coal seam gas mining under NSW homes?