With Simon Unwin
Download here: Ep. 2011-25: Coal Seam Gas PR War & Coal Trains in the Upper Hunter
First up this week we speak to Rosemary Nankivell, Liverpool Plains farmer and member of Caroona Coal Action Group, about the escalating PR battle between coal seam gas mining companies and the coalition of landholders, environmentalists and citizens who are concerned about the impact of the rapidly growing industry on their land.
We also talk to Jacinta Green from Sydney Residents Against Coal Seam Gas about whether 'natural gas' still means what you think it means.
And finally we hear from Upper Hunter Shire Council's general manager, Darryl Dutton. His town of Scone is daily cut in half by 1500 metre coal trains coming down from the coalfields - but there are no overpasses or tunnels for the train line, and when a train is coming through there's no way to get from one side of town to the other. What does this mean for daily life in Scone? What does it mean for the emergency services?