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.