Sometimes an innovation or two comes along that gets rid of the issues that created the conflict.
There are a couple of innovations that benefit multiple interest groups who are more often than not in conflict with each other: bluegas™ and MicGAS™
Some existing issues and interest group conflictsAustralian oil and natural gas companies have invested $70 billion in LNG export terminals in Queensland.
- Australian farmers are concerned that the coal seam gas industry will jeopardise their businesses by polluting water on which they rely.
- Australian industry is concerned that the export of huge quantities of natural gas with no proportion reserved for domestic markets will damage their commercial viability.
This seems an insurmountable obstacle to any solution to the concerns expressed by Australian farmers.
Australian coal mining companies have gained approval to expand export infrastructure including the coal terminal at Abbot Point in Queensland.
- Australian environment protection groups are concerned at the plans to dump dredge spoil during building the coal terminal in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
- Australian environment protection groups are also concerned at the prospect of substantially increasing coal exports that seem destined to increase global carbon dioxide emissions when climate science advises that this will aggravate man-made climate change.
An opportunity to use LNG export terminals and earn coal royalties
- without coal seam gas and
- without dumping waste in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Coal gasification will contribute more to China’s gas supply than shale gas: IEA http://t.co/gZoJj5zlBG
— Askgerbil Now (@Askgerbil) April 18, 2014
- The LNG export terminals can export this natural gas.
- The Queensland and NSW State Governments earn coal royalties from the coal converted to natural gas for export. No coal seam gas investment is needed.
- No investment in the expansion of coal export infrastructure is needed and so there is no dredge spoil to dump in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
There are some additional benefits...
- The Queensland and NSW coal industry faces difficult market conditions due to falling world prices for coal. Mine closures and job losses slow the Australian economy and cut the return on investments made in mining plant and equipment that is now idle.
- Australian farming is faced with rapidly rising fertiliser prices. Natural gas to be exported through the $70 billion LNG export terminals is expected to cause the price of natural gas to double or triple. Fertiliser manufacturers now use natural gas as a source of hydrogen. This is a major component in ammonia fertilisers used widely in agriculture. The innovation for converting coal into synthetic natural gas can also produce large quantities of hydrogen and this should help keep the price of fertiliser down.
- Environmental groups and health groups have a number of concerns over the palm oil industry. These include:
- the destruction of rainforest - with adverse impacts on carbon dioxide emissions and on endangered species' habitats, and
- The growing use of palm oil in foodstuffs may be contributing to adverse health outcomes throughout Australia's population.
- The innovations for converting coal into synthetic natural gas - either bluegas or MicGAS - also produces carbon dioxide.
An Australian company has developed an innovative method for algae farming that may be able to be exploited to achieve these positive outcomes.
- This can be used in algae farming to produce edible oils to substitute for palm oil.
- This provides an opportunity for growth of Australian agriculture - in addition to overcoming the concerns over palm oil.
.@ShaneRattenbury @freethebears @national_zoo @hmxt0 Algae for edible oil: healthier and without #palmoil's impact. https://t.co/2sBdz9oHOp
— Askgerbil Now (@Askgerbil) June 4, 2014
The cost of drilling large numbers of coal seam gas wells is substantial. Either of the newer methods for obtaining substitute natural gas from coal may well be a better investment.
Natural Gas In New York Marcellus Shale Costs More To Get It Out Than The Gas Is Worth http://t.co/qzz6utC462 #cleantech
— CleanTechnica (@cleantechnica) April 25, 2014