Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Methane leaking from coal seam gas field, testing shows

Methane leaking from coal seam gas field, testing shows:

Vast amounts of methane appear to be leaking undetected from Australia's biggest coal seam gas field, according to world-first research that undercuts claims by the gas industry.

Testing inside the Tara gas field, near Condamine on Queensland's Western Downs, found some greenhouse gas levels over three times higher than nearby districts, according to the study by researchers at Southern Cross University.

The study has potential national consequences because last week's energy white paper forecast a massive expansion of Australian coal seam gas drilling, and called for environmental objections to be removed to make large-scale gas extraction easier


  1. Where we are stuck with JPP and the Canning Basin - no baseline studies.This leaves the door wide open for their favourite game of "hire someone who will give you the result you need."Otherwise known as "managing and mitigating outcomes."

  2. WA may be a very corrupt State,very racist,very big,but compared to the US - very dull.We have a Premier who looks like a demented cane toad,he has a Deputy who sniffs chairs and snaps bras,a no talent "sheep mentallity" crew of no hopers behind them.A lack lustre opposition.But Troy did manage to have an affair with a rather clunky looking Green from Freo.Gave way to such speculation as,"how did those two manage it?"

    Unlike Washington - from the NYT.

    Reputation, Reputation, Reputation


    As Lyndon Johnson said, the two things that make leaders stupid are envy and sex.

    Macbeth kills a king out of envy. Egged on by an envious Iago, Othello smothers his wife out of a crazed fear of her having sex with his lieutenant.

    Now another charismatic general has shattered his life and career over sex. When you’ve got a name like a Greek hero, and a nickname like a luscious fruit, isn’t hubris ripe to follow?

    It’s been a steep fall for Peaches Petraeus, once the darling of Congress and journalists, Republicans and Democrats, Paula Broadwell and Jill Kelley.
    As Shakespeare wrote in “Othello”: “Reputation, reputation, reputation.”
    Even when he was the C.I.A. director, Petraeus’s ego was so wrapped up in being a shiny military idol that, according to The Washington Post, he recently surprised guests at a D.C. dinner when he arrived to speak wearing his medals on the lapel of his suit jacket.

    His fall started as Sophocles and turned sophomoric, a mind-boggling mélange of “From Here to Eternity,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “The Real Housewives of Centcom,” and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” It features toned arms, slinky outfits, a cat fight, titillating e-mails, a military more consumed with sex than violence, a plot with more inconceivable twists than “Homeland,” and a Twitter’s-delight lexicon: an “embedded” mistress named Broadwell, a biography called “All In,” an other-other woman of Middle East ancestry who was a “social liaison” to the military, a shirtless F.B.I. agent crushing on the losing-her-shirt-to-debt Tampa socialite, a pair of generals helping the socialite’s twin sister with a custody case, and lawyers and crisis-management experts linked to Monica Lewinsky, John Edwards and the ABC show “Scandal.”

    “This is The National Enquirer, ” an alarmed Senator Dianne Feinstein told Wolf Blitzer of CNN. If only it were that highbrow. Now that erotic activity is entwined with the Internet, rather than closeted in hideaway Capitol offices and Oval Office pantries, it’s even more likely to be a trip wire for history.

    We just can't compete with that.

  3. Barnett and Martin - some more headstones for them to check.

    The dire state of WA's overstretched and under-resourced public mental health services was laid bare yesterday in a damning report that shows the system is failing people and costing lives.

    Professor Bryant Stokes carried out the most comprehensive review yet of WA's public mental health services, interviewing almost 900 people over six months and investigating 255 suicides.

    It revealed that in WA, 15 per cent of men and 20 per cent of women took their lives on the day they were discharged from a mental health hospital and a third committed suicide within a month.

    "Because the system is under stress, a patient discharged from an acute mental health facility is required to be reviewed in a community clinic within seven days, and sometimes that's just not possible because of the tremendous demand, and that can lead to significant issues where a patient may fall through the cracks," Professor Stokes said yesterday.

    He conceded that a lack of follow-up care in the community for patients released from hospital was linked to some suicides at Fremantle Hospital, while others were because patients were not listened to.

    The review said mental health clinicians were so "severely overworked in almost all areas" that only basic mental health care was available in some parts of WA, particularly rural areas.

    Professor Stokes said the mental health workforce was inadequate, with staffing levels only about half of what they should be and that better training was needed.

    Almost double the 1711 mental health hospital beds and places were needed across the State, the review said, with fewer acute beds and more non-acute places in the community so people could get help before they became acutely ill.

    Professor Stokes, a retired neurologist and former WA chief medical officer, warned that with a 24 per cent increase in mental health hospital admissions in WA in the past six years, demand outstripped provision.


    As in the above story where there is another side to it - while all this is going on young men and women are dying and being maimed in a war.
    So there is another side to this one.Why don't they just come right out and admit it.These "booms" benefit a few while the rest of us get less.No amount of gas plants will change this.Their words are just to prop up,and try for a social license in a corrupt way,these ponzi schemes of endless growth.