The agri-gas fields of Australia: black soil, food and unconventional gas

de Rijke, Kim (2013) The agri-gas fields of Australia: black soil, food and unconventional gas. Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment, 35 1: 41-53. doi:10.1111/cuag.12004

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Author de Rijke, Kim
Title The agri-gas fields of Australia: black soil, food and unconventional gas
Journal name Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2153-9553
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/cuag.12004
Volume 35
Issue 1
Start page 41
End page 53
Total pages 13
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract Underneath some of the most exceptional Australian farm lands lie far more unconventional natural resources: huge methane reserves contained inside deep underground coal seams. In the last few years, Australia has seen a veritable boom in high capital foreign investments to extract and export this coal seam gas (CSG), particularly in the state of Queensland, where a few thousand gas wells have now been constructed despite significant opposition and concern. Based on the public record and ongoing anthropological fieldwork in the agricultural region of the Darling Downs in southern Queensland, this paper sets out some of the key issues of what might be described as the Australian agri-gas field conflict. It takes a view of agri-gas fields as sites of socioeconomic transformation where cultural boundaries of place and matter are contested, forcing farmers and others to reassess variously imagined future human-environment relationships in the region, Australia, and beyond.
Keyword Agribusiness
Coal seam gas
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Wed, 19 Jun 2013, 01:41:09 EST by Debbie Lim on behalf of School of Social Science