It’s about time we start protecting something, anything in our environment from the oligarchs who control our planet’s dirty fossil fuel use!
In February, the conservative state government of Queensland lifted a ban on shale oil exploration and production along its coast, enabling companies to begin assessing the potential there, in the search for starting a shale boom equal to the one in the US.
Queensland Energy Resources, one of the companies with mining rights in the area, has still to make a decision as to whether it will begin extracting the estimated 8 billion barrels of recoverable oil that is contained in its land; out of a total 22 billion barrels for the entire state.
The Australian Green party has attacked the decision to allow fracking to occur in Queensland, claiming it is the equivalent of “environmental vandalism”, but state premier Campbell Newman has said that the jobs and income the new industry would bring are worth the…
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