The Guardian has created several data visualizations mapping the location and growth of production in Australia of coal seam gas, a natural gas trapped in seams underground which sometimes requires hydraulic fracking to extract. One chart shows that coal seam gas has climbed from being nonexistent in 1995 to 30 percent of the country’s gas production in 2016. Maps show when and where drilling has increased and reveal that the ballooning of the production of coal seam gas in Queensland coincided with the region’s requirement to have at least 13 percent of its power come from gas by 2005.
Visualizing the Growth of Coal Seam Gas Production in Australia
Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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