Friday, December 19, 2008

Early Christmas present for Millfield residents

The Sydney Gas Investor Update December 2008 by Andy Lukas - CEO indicates a "proposed corehole" in Millfield.

A map titled "Coal Measure Targets Proposed and Drilled Corehole Locations" on page 31 of the document (available from their website and other places) shows the "proposed corehole" named "Millfield 1". The scale of the map is too large to indicate exactly where it is "proposed" they will drill, but attempting to overlay it on a Google Map shows that it may be closer to Cedar Creek or Sweetmans Creek (though their map does seem distorted as to the indicated location of Cessnock).

As it is a dot on a map it is not clear whether they have already obtained an access agreement and lodged an REF with the State Government for this proposed corehole.
  • Have they informed the community of their plans?
  • Have they held a public meeting?
  • Have they sent any information at all regarding this proposal to the residents of Millfield?
  • Or have they yet again secretly obtained an access agreement before anyone else in the community knows about it, as they did in Wollombi and Stockyard Creek?
We will deliver WAGE printed material and DVDs to Millfield Store to help inform the community of the threats posed by AGL Energy and Sydney Gas invading yet another part of Wollombi Valley.

In case they don't yet have an access agreement, Millfield landowners:

Do not allow anyone from Sydney Gas,AGL Energy or AJ Lucas onto your land.
Do not accept their phone calls!
Do not sign anything they put in front of you!
Respect your community and your neighbours.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Estimated Carbon Footprint of Sydney Gas and AGL in the Hunter

The estimates being spun by Sydney Gas for their predicted output of Methane Gas from the Hunter Valley show an Ugh Boot shaped carbon footprint rather than a Stiletto.

Going on figures quoted in The Herald of 10,000 petajoules of extractable coal-seam methane gas, this will produce (on my conservative estimate based on a published standard of 116.376 lbs of CO2 per 1000 cubic feet of Methane), nearly 528 million tonnes of CO2 (527,712,332.07).

More than ½ Billion Tonnes of Co2

This is ONLY the Co2 produced by burning the 10,000 petajoules and doesn't account for the Co2 produced in the exploration and extraction process, tens of thousands of truck movements, electric and diesel pumps and generators running for years etc. or the "pre-production" methane gas burnt (for months per well) before production starts.

In an age of trying to cut down on Greenhouse Gas emissions to reduce Global Warming, this is a totally irresponsible proposal by Sydney Gas, AGL Energy and the NSW State Government.

Sydney Gas and AGL Energy shareholders, leave the METHANE deep in the ground where it is safe! Put your money into renewable and clean energy solutions! THIS IS NOT a "Cleaner, greener" form of energy... it's filthy!

I would also like clarification from Sydney Gas on whether the estimated figure of $10bn is based on the total estimated 25,000 petajoule "find" ["has been found"] or the estimated 10,000 petajoules that "can potentially be extracted"?

If it's the former, then the monetary value is limited only to that which is attainable and would therefor be only $4bn.

I'm just asking... Is 1 petajoule estimated to be valued at $1,000,000 or $400,000? Please explain.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Open Letter to Mark Harper - General Manager - Sydney Gas Ltd

Mark HarperDear Mr Harper,
How many of your neighbours even just within 100 metres of your home can you name? What about the names of their children, pets etc.?
How many of their phone numbers do you have in your head?
The difference between what people in the city call a "Community", usually a word pre-pended to phrases like "Health Centre" or "Drug Clinic", and what the people in rural areas call a community, is that we actually live a community life.
Most people in this community know each other, know their kids and dogs names and we have many of their phone numbers in our heads.
You live within minutes of emergency services. If we have an emergency an ambulance is at least 30 or 40 minutes away for most of us, and it's often the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
Rural communities rely on each other. It's the code of the bush - the stuff of Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson - it hasn't died out here. It may be a curiosity to you, but it's our lifestyle, a lifestyle we have chosen over an urban one with high background noise and a lack of human spirit.
We embrace the spirit of the pioneers and the brave men from rural Australia that fought and died for this country, taking that bush ethic into war with them creating the ANZAC legends.
How can you, simply for the sake of your shareholders pockets in a climate change-driven frenzy for cash, come in and knowingly fracture these small communities, actually trying to divide specifically small communities that have no choice in the matter due to draconian laws of our State Government.
You don't live here, you don't understand the importance of each precious foot of land that we work for a living, and how putting up industrial structures with deadly chemicals and gasses will destroy that environment - along with the community - and cheapen our land values in already very hard times.
You said at the Chamber of Commerce meeting in Wollombi, that "Shareholders speculate - it's like a lottery."
How can you and your company, with absolutely no knowledge of life here, gamble with our lifestyle, our future, our safety, our financial and physical security, and even our property values - properties that in many cases have been handed down through many generations of the same family - these "pleasures that townsfolk never know".
Drilling for gas in closely settled areas like those along the Wollombi Brook is simply not appropriate and won't be tolerated. It may be appropriate in vast tracts of land where you don't have people living anywhere near the gas fields and infrastructure. If that's more expensive and difficult for you. Tough. Shareholders speculate!
When whoever or whatever made this incredible planet, be it a God, a number of gods, a wayward alien or just a universal accident, they put the gas far underground for a good reason.
Do you know what that reason is?
To power the fires of hell, where people like you and the politicians applying the laws that support you will spend eternity for what you are doing to the spirit and the history and the lives of the magnificent people that are the custodians of Rural New South Wales.
So go back to your "...dingy little office where a stingy ray of sunlight struggles feebly down between the houses tall..." and think about how you can justify imposing - on so many good and honest, hard working people - the "foetid air and gritty of the dusty, dirty city through the open window floating, spreading foulness over all".
Peter Firminger - Wollombi (with a little help from The Banjo)