Unconventional Gas: Social and Environmental Impacts
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (AEDT)
San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
The environmental and social impacts of unconventional gas mining, including coal seam gas, are almost entirely borne by rural communities. But, who stands to reap the benefits of the development of an unconventional gas industry?
Environmental justice looks at whether the risk of environmental harm is shared evenly throughout society and whether those who bear the risks of harm get a say in decisions about their environment. This forum will consider the concept of environmental justice as it relates to the coal seam gas industry, which is currently expanding and creating controversy throughout rural Australia.
This forum will discuss the environmental, economic and social impacts of unconventional gas on rural communities in Queensland, where the industry is spreading quickly, and what this might mean for rural communities in Victoria, where the industry is exploring for opportunities to develop. It will also look at the legal framework surrounding coal seam gas and other unconventional gas in Victoria and what rights it provides for Victorian communities to be involved in decisions about whether this controversial industry can go ahead in their local areas.
Dr Jeremy Moss, Social Justice Initiative, Melbourne University.
Dr Moss is co-author of the recent report "Is Fracking Good for Your Health?" and will speak on the health impacts of unconventional gas extraction.
Felicity Millner, Environment Defenders Office
The Environment Defenders Office is an independent, not-for-profit, legal centre, specialising in public interest environmental law. The EDO has travelled around rural and regional Victoria, explaining how Victoria’s mining laws work to communities affected by coal seam gas exploration licences.
Glen Martin, Shine Lawyers, Toowoomba:
Glen works with landholders in South East Queensland affected by the energy and resources industry. He has witnessed first hand the impacts of the coal seam gas industry on rural communities and how the legal system relates to landholders and communities affected by coal seam gas.
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Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice Deakin University
The mission of the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice is to enhance access to improved justice systems and services for rural and regional Australians through research, education, engagement and advocacy.
The Centre for Rural and Regional Law and Justice (CRRLJ) is a unique centre of the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University which draws on cross disciplinary knowledge and expertise, and provides an opportunity to engage meaningfully with regional communities, services, industry and government.