Just How Safe is Fracking of Natural Gas?

Depending on your point of view, hydraulic fracturing of natural gas is either a blessing that will help provide new sources of energy for the coming century, or an environmental curse that threatens water and air quality in communities across the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere. Both sides in the debate agree on one thing — natural gas reserves stored in subterranean shale formations are extensive. But beyond that proponents and opponents of fracking hold widely divergent views. See

Lies, lies, or just more damn bullshit!!

 The NSW Coalition government was elected in 2011 with a Strategic Regional Land Use Policy that stated they “believe that agricultural land and other sensitive areas exist in NSW where mining and coal seam gas extraction should not occur”.

Check out the Nature Conservation Councils’ response to this bullshit, citing details and impacts on a number of high conservation value (HCV) woodlands including the Pillaga Scrub and Leard State Forest here


What is Science?

What is science?

“Science is a way to . . . distinguish truth from fraud” ~ Richard Feynman

“Much of what we take to be true is seriously wrong” ~ Gore Vidal

So in the quest for truth, science begins with observations. We might make these observations in a less than formal way, as we live our everyday lives. From these observations we might mentally construct a hypothesis, which we try to disprove. After a number of failed attempts to disprove the hypothesis, we may just start to begin thinking that it is true. This is an indication of how we can generate research questions from common sense. Then we might approach the problem in a formal way, by posing a research question, and using sampling techniques we have learnt, record our observations.

Our observations have to then be analysed using statistical methods, for information as to what tests to apply, and for what set of data, see

This complete ‘learning module’ on the scientific method and statistical analysis was developed by Ian Curtis, as a postgraduate student at James Cook University in 2002, while working in the academic support division.

New Project

Minister for Mines and Energy, Chris Hartcher, fails to reply to the email below. EVEN HIS OLD SCHOOLMATES CAN’T GET HIS ATTENTION TO ADDRESS SOCIAL INEQUITIES.


Gidday Chris Hartcher, Minister for Mines and Energy (email 15 Sept 2011)

Bluey Curtis (OR 63) here!

I am about to go out to Boggabri to consult with the community about the open-cut coal mine at the southern end of Leard State Forest. Their concerns are many, and some revolve about the lack of any forseeable ‘net’ benefit to the community, or the environment. Continue reading