Residents urged to take stand
IT WAS almost a full house when the Southern Downs Protection Group held its mining forum on Wednesday night.
Five insightful speakers took the microphone, each sharing their research and experiences about mining. They urged the audience to take a stand against mining in the Southern Downs.
Lock the Gate Alliance president Drew Hutton said there were 20 open cut mines earmarked for Warwick.
"How do you fight some of the biggest people in the world? Like the people of Libya except we won't get shot at. It's people power. The government has to listen."
Toxics researcher Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith shared worrying findings about potentially-lethal chemicals found in mining wells.
"About 18,500kg of chemicals per well remain in the ground," she said.
She said other worrying finds included BTEX in drilling fluids, which had been found in people's blood. She pointed out the link between it and leukaemia.
Yet visibly absent at the meeting were the voices of mining companies.
Despite comments from Dr Lloyd-Smith, an Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) spokesman said fracking was a "well-understood" and "long-standing" practice.
"It has been used since 1948 and studies show the process poses little or no risk to underground water supplies or human health."