Coal Seam Gas, induced earthquakes and underground water

D.Beck, Beck Engineering Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia

Australia relies on coal for base-load electricity, but cleaner energy sources are being added to the mix to pursue longer-term emission reduction targets. Coal seam gas (CSG) and other gas-generated electricity sources are intermediate steps towards the goal of lower emissions – they are cleaner than coal, and can compete in the current energy market. Viable, cleaner energy sources, such as CSG that are compatible with existing energy infrastructure should also help build the renewable energy market.