Letter to Metgasco: Gas drilling has a disturbing history

WE live in a world where technology makes it easy for us to all be informed.

A touch of the keyboard can take us to any part of the world and teach whatever we seek to know.

The last five or six years has seen a phenomenal interest in coal seam gas drilling and fracking and the general sustainability of our planet.

No longer can we be fooled by governments and big mining companies telling us lies for the sake of the dollar rewards mining brings.

Both the government and the mining companies have no satisfactory answers to any of these questions, except to declare mining income is valuable to balance the budget.

The fact that this country is one of the last players into the industry, has given us history from overseas countries where gas drilling and fracking has already been in operation for more than a decade.

That history is extremely alarming.

The story unfolding from the gas drilling and fracking in Queensland is cause for great concern. Sick and dying livestock; contaminated air and water; children with rashes, ear and nose bleeds, headaches and flu-like symptoms; contaminated bores and gas bubbling rivers.

Both the government and the mining companies have no satisfactory answers to any of these questions, except to declare mining income is valuable to balance the budget.

At what cost I ask?

What about the environment we will be leaving behind for our children and their children?

Does anyone know? Does anyone care?

Have we become such a decadent, self centred race that all we care about is the here & now and how much money we can accumulate.

I ask Metgasco to think about these questions and unless they can guarantee the safety of their operations, then they should call a halt on all attempts to drill and frack the Northern Rivers.

Future generations will thank you.