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Is Coal Seam Gas Polluting Groundwater?

Protesters called for no further expansion of coal and coal seam gas.

Protesters called for no further expansion of coal and coal seam gas outside the Gunnedah Basin Coal and Energy Conference held in Newcastle on 25 June 2012. Photo: Kate Ausburn

By Kate Osborne

Landholders are adamant that coal seam gas is contaminating their groundwater, but natural geological processes make their accusations difficult to prove. Now science is starting to fill in the cracks.

Kate Osborne is an ecologist and science writer.

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