Alan Lindsay and Gordon Windeyer appeared for SHCAG before the Senate Enquiry into Coal Seam Gas, in Canberra on 9th September.
A transcript of their dialogue with the Senators can be seen on page 23 in this link … http://www.aph.gov.au/hansard/senate/commttee/s302.pdf
In summary, Alan and Gordon expressed SHCAG’s representation of widespread and deep community concern about the prospect of both coal and CSG mining in the Highlands. In particular, they made the following points which are specific to the Highlands:The water aquifer is directly above the coal seam, so cross contamination/loss of water supply is virtually certain
The Highlands has smaller sized/higher value-per-acre properties than most rural areas. This means the compensation for granting access to a miner to build one or two wells will be modest in comparison to the loss of property value that is likely to be caused by the intrusion of access roads, well(s), heavy vehicles and mining company personnel.”