While a new Nielson poll has found that 75% of people in NSW are opposed to CSG mining, researchers at SCU have discovered a significant link between CSG wells and radon concentrations in the atmosphere - potentially indicating fugitive emissions on a far greater scale than industry predictions.
The research findings are the first peer reviewed study in Australia specifically investigating the potential influences of CSG on the chemistry of the atmosphere.
Dr Damien Maher, one of the study's co-authors, said the findings suggested leakage from both CSG infrastructure and alternative gas pathways though soil emissions were yet to be accounted for.
"Fixing the infrastructure is relatively easy. Fixing up the changes in the soil structure is much more difficult," he said.
"Methane, for instance, is 100 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, and if there are unidentified pathways for methane release this can have significant ramifications for greenhouse gas budgets."
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