The Federal Government's set-up a new independent expert scientific committee to examine the coal seam gas industry, as fresh battle lines are being drawn between farmers and gas companies. At issue is the potential impact the controversial projects may have on water quality in some of the country's most productive farmland. It's a state election issue on Queensland's Darling Downs and now it's overshadowing this year's grape harvest in the Hunter Valley.
When you buy land how much do you really own? That's the debate at the centre of a huge fight between farmers and miners in Qld and NSW right now. Mining companies have found a huge new resource underneath the ground of some of the best farming land in Australia. It could mean billions of dollars in profits but to get it they need to dig on privately-owned farm land. Let's take a look at both sides of this complicated fight.
Dead in the water: O'Farrell buries coal seam gas plans
THE NSW government has caved in to community and political pressure over coal seam gas, announcing a ban on all activity within two kilometres of residential areas and industry clusters, such as horse breeders and wine producers, across the state.