Saturday, April 14, 2012

Major survey of farmers’ feelings about coal seam gas mining

Psychologists at the University of New England are undertaking a major survey of farmers’ thoughts and feelings about the prospect of coal seam gas mining on their own or a neighbour’s land.
The results of the survey will give the researchers an understanding of the extent to which anxiety about coal seam gas mining is contributing to farmers’ overall levels of stress.

Methuen Morgan, who is conducting the survey as part of his postgraduate research at UNE, said he hoped the results would contribute an “unbiased, scientific perspective” to the debate about coal seam gas mining, and allow farmers’ anxieties – and their potential health consequences – to be a consideration in policy development and service provision.

The survey seeks information on farmers’ expectations about – and experiences of – coal seam gas mining, their involvement in protests or negotiations, and the sources and levels of anxiety in their lives. Participants should be owners or co-owners of a commercial agricultural property, or responsible for making decisions regarding the day-to-day running of a property.

The survey will take between 40 minutes and an hour to complete, and is completely anonymous, allowing participants to feel free to express their true feelings. An online version of the survey is at:, and hard copies (and more information) are available from Methuen Morgan on (02) 6773 2899 or at

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