UN scientists said in September that humans have now emitted more than half the carbon permissible to remain within the 2-degree limit. To meet that target, about two-thirds of proven fossil-fuel reserves must remain in the ground, mostly coal, according to the IEA.
A wind turbine at the Hepburn Community Wind Farm on Lenoards Hill
BEAM Mitchell Environment Group has welcomed the long-awaited decision from VCAT that approves the planning application for the Cherry Tree Range wind farm. BEAM President Richard Telford says that Seymour can now look forward to the benefits that this project will bring. “Along with producing enough clean energy to power around 26,000 homes, there will be a significant stimulus to the local economy in the form of investment and jobs.”
BEAM and Yes2Renewables successfully hosted the Energy Futures Forum in Seymour on the 16th of November. It has helped broadened the debate about energy issues in the Mitchell Shire region with over 50 turning up for an informative day.
The Energy Futures Forum held the the VRI Hall in Seymour attracted over 50 people.
Councillor Gwenda Allgood of the Ararat Rural City Council
Listen to Cr. Allgood’s interview as she makes the point that there was no objections to the windfarm near Ararat when it was proposed. Benefits to the local community have gone deeper than the financial windfall.
BEAM kids head to the VCAT hearing on the Cherry Tree Windfarm.
BEAM members attended the hearings at VCAT in late October in the hope that a decision would have been handed down. It was a pretty uneventful affair with a lot of old ground being discussed. The day focused heavily on acoustics. A date for the decision has not been announced, but is expected very soon.
BEAM president Richard Telford appeared on WIN news recently, appearing briefly to list some of the benefits of the Cherry Tree Wind Farm. Continue reading →
What is the risk for Mitchell Shire residents of coal seam gas exploration?
Chloe Aldenhoven, Victorian coordinator of the Lock the Gate Alliance, will talk about the growing community opposition to this type of mining at the Energy Futures Forum in Seymour on November 16.
“Coal seam gas is a dirty and unsustainable fossil fuel that contributes to climate change,” said Ms Aldenhoven. Coal seam gas has been touted as an option for increased gas production all around Australia as existing gas reserves are limited, or tied up as lucrative exports.
More than 54% of Australia is covered by coal and gas licences or applications. The controversial process of “fracking” is used to explore for, and extract, the underground gas.
Coal seam gas reserves neatly overlay underground water reserves. During coal seam gas operations a large amount of water must be pumped out of the coal seam. This water is generally salty and can contain toxic and radioactive compounds and heavy metals.