Originally published in ABC The Drum on September 26, 2013

If you can create a “crisis”, offer a snake oil solution, and make a lot of money out of both, then you are onto a good thing. All the better if you can blame someone else for causing it in the first place.

That’s exactly what the coal seam gas industry is doing, in partnership with Chris Hartcher. Remember, it was Hartcher’s department that, in an Orwellian briefing note leaked last week, sought to ‘disappear’ community concern about the encroachment of CSG by re-branding it as “natural gas from coal seams”.

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