Annual General Meeting

LCPA AGM 15th November2015Annual General Meeting

Sunday November 15th at 4pm

Mt Gambier Hotel – Penola Room

Corner of Penola Road and Commercial Street West, Mount Gambier

Evening meal available

All welcome

If you can, please come along. All over the world small grass roots organisations like ours are showing they can make a difference but we can’t without your support.

RSVP Secretary Heather Gibbons 87682537 or

Bool Lagoon, Struan and Moyhall Community GASFIELD FREE Celebration

Sunday 25th October at Mary Seymour Conservation Park, Bool Lagoon Road.

Three communities in Naracoorte Lucindale Council area are declaring themselves Gasfield and invasive open cut mining free.

All welcome

Please come and show your support for our newest communities to declare themselves Gasfield and Invasive Open cut Mining Free.

More details : contact Heather Heggie on



Mount Gambier Public Meeting 28th September

Monday 28 September, 7:00 pm

Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Watson Drive, Mount Gambier

Guest Speaker Comedian Rod Quantock (OAM)

The Mount Gambier Subcommittee of the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance (previously Mount Gambier community group) is excited to announce we will be hosting this Public Meeting. We have a special guest, comedian Rod Quantock (OAM) who will provide us with a highly entertaining view on fracking.

There will be some short video clips filmed outlining concerns on water and health.

All welcome.  Bring your family and friends along to this free night of entertainment.

More information contact Heidi :

28th Sept Public meeting RodQuantok

Lucindale Gasfield Free Public meeting

Come to a community film evening to find out about unconventional gas and fracking.

Wednesday 22nd July at 7.30pm at the Senior Citizens Clubrooms, Lucindale

Learn more about the potential impacts to our farmlands, water and health.

Watch the short Australian documentary ” Fractured Country”

We will have guest speaker Huck Shepherd, Chairperson of the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance available to answer your questions.

All Welcome.

More details contact Huck on 0427642034

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Health and Fracking Report


The United Kingdom (UK) is presently set to expand ‘hydraulic fracturing’ of shale formations (‘fracking’) as a means of extracting unconventional gas. Proponents of fracking have argued that it can be conducted safely and will bring benefits in the form of: a) energy that is cleaner in climate terms than coal and oil; b) greater energy security; c) lower energy prices; d) more energy diversity and competition; and e) local employment and economic development. However, fracking has proven to be controversial and there are serious concerns about its safety and impact on the environment.

This report reviews fracking and its associated activities through a comprehensive public health lens. It examines the direct and immediate effects of fracking on health; the adequacy and capacity of the regulatory system; and the relationship between fracking and climate change.

It builds on a number of existing reviews of the evidence and interviews with various academics and experts (in the UK and abroad). Medact also requested short papers in particular subject areas to inform the production of this report. Given that much of the literature about fracking has been derived from experience in the United States (US), this report also highlights the specific features of the UK that need to be considered.

Read the full report here


New Book; The Human and Environmental Costs of Fracking

New Book; The Human and Environmental Costs of Fracking (Praeger Press, 2015) is available. 

Madelon Finkel says; “This is an important book discussing many different aspects of an important topic. Each of the authors is an expert in his/her field, and the material is all evidenced-based (no personal opinions permitted).

Natural gas and oil prices have plunged, but that does not mean that fracking has disappeared or isn’t an issue anymore. Quite the contrary. Much more needs to be done to understand the components of the fracking fluid, for example. Much more work must be done to figure out how to dispose of the fracking byproducts. Much more needs to be done to scientifically document the potential for harm both to human and animal health and the environment. But most importantly, the public needs to get an unbiased, evidenced-based discussion of the pros and the cons of this technology. This is not an anti-fracking book; this is a book that lays out the facts and lets the reader make up his or her mind about the potential benefits and limitations of hydraulic fracturing.”



Fracking causing earthquakes

Science has determined that fracking causes earthquakes — now it’s trying to figure out what to do next

Business Insider Australia by Shane Ferro  Mar 5 2015,

Researchers are pretty sure at this point that the increase in earthquakes in the middle of the US in recent years have been caused by fracking.

The USGS put out a news release in February that starts with this:

Large areas of the United States that used to experience few or no earthquakes have, in recent years, experienced a remarkable increase in earthquake activity that has caused considerable public concern as well as damage to structures. This rise in seismic activity, especially in the central United States, is not the result of natural processes.

You can see in the chart at right that California, the light blue line, has a noisy but relatively stable number of earthquakes every year. Nothing about the dark blue line, earthquakes detected in Oklahoma, looks stable.

The question now is what to do about it.  Read more at

Earthquakes from deep fluid injection in wells increasing

U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey

Coping with Earthquakes Induced by Fluid Injection. Released: 19th Feb 2015

MENLO PARK, Calif.— A paper published in Science provides a case for increasing transparency and data collection to enable strategies for mitigating the effects of human-induced earthquakes caused by wastewater injection associated with oil and gas production in the United States.  The paper is the result of a series of workshops led by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey in collaboration with the University of Colorado, Oklahoma Geological Survey and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, suggests that it is possible to reduce the hazard of induced seismicity through management of injection activities.

Large areas of the United States that used to experience few or no earthquakes have, in recent years, experienced a remarkable increase in earthquake activity that has caused considerable public concern as well as damage to structures. This rise in seismic activity, especially in the central United States, is not the result of natural processes.

Instead, the increased seismicity is due to fluid injection associated with new technologies that enable the extraction of oil and gas from previously unproductive reservoirs. These modern extraction techniques result in large quantities of wastewater produced along with the oil and gas. The disposal of this wastewater by deep injection occasionally results in earthquakes that are large enough to be felt, and sometimes damaging. Deep injection of wastewater is the primary cause of the dramatic rise in detected earthquakes and the corresponding increase in seismic hazard in the central U.S.  Read more at

Frackman the Movie

Frackman-poster1Premiere Screening of Frackman the Movie

Oatmill Cinema, Percy St, Mount Gambier


The movie requires that 53 more tickets to be reserved by 4th May or the screening will not proceed.

To book you go online at (your credit card will not be charged until we have reached the target 67 tickets, guaranteeing that the screening will go ahead). Look up screenings and scroll down for Mount Gambier –

Obama administration unveils new fracking rules.

by David Jackson, March 20, 2015

The Obama administration said Friday it is tightening rules on fracking with regulations that it says will preserve the oil and gas extraction method while protecting water supplies and the environment.

The new rules, which take effect in June, require oil and gas companies to disclose the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing and to build large barriers to shield nearby water sources.

Environmental groups complimented the new rules on fracking, though some said the administration should simply ban the practice.

Members and supporters of the oil and gas industries denounced the new regulations and said they will damage a booming energy industry. Some immediately filed suit against the administration.

In announcing the new rules, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said current well-drilling regulations are more than 30 years old, “and they simply have not kept pace with the technical complexities of today’s hydraulic fracturing operations.”  Read more at


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