Film: ‘The Human Cost of Power’

This short film published in October 2013 explores the health impacts associated with the massive expansion of coal and unconventional gas in Australia.

Produced by Fiona Armstrong and directed by Alexandra de Blas, the film ‘The Human Cost of Power’ features interviews with public health and environmental health experts about the risks to health from coal mining, transportation and combustion for communities living in proximity to these activities.

It also looks at the risks posed to the health and wellbeing of people close to coal seam gas exploration and mining sites, as well as the impacts on health from climate change being driven by coal combustion and unconventional gas extraction.

This is the human cost of power – the untold story of harm to health, and our planet, from coal and unconventional gas.

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  1. I would encourage campaigners to put pressure on the operator to make all the hourly measurements of pollutants to be made available to the public. The company that provides this data to the operator provides complete data once a month and sets the trigger points for ‘alarms’ of ‘dangerous’ levels for the town.

    I happened to be speaking to the company that does the monitoring about another matter and having asked them about this, it’s my understanding there is no technical obstacle to providing the data to the public in any way at all.

    The monthly averages provided by the mine/power station operator allow them to hide peaks in the troughs. It’s quite unacceptable to average the data readings over the month in terms of human exposure to peak events. It’s peak events that cause the highest risk.

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