WAKE UP INTERVIEW OF RICHARD DENNISS, THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE REGARDING FRACKING.:
THE CAMDEN GAS PROJECT CONTINUES TO LEAK METHANE IN 2013 T0 2015
After an informal freedom of information request by Stop CSG Macarthur, the NSW Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has released the details of spot inspections carried out by EPA officers on the wells of AGL's Camden Gas Project between 1/07/2013 and 30/6/2015. In this period, one particular officer of the EPA conducted 201 well inspections accompanied by representatives of AGL. The Camden Gas Project consists of 144 wells including those shut in, suspended and plugged. The Camden Gas Project extracts methane gas from subterranean coal seams. Methane is a colourless, odourless, flammable gas that is a 25 times more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas produced by burning fossil fuel.
For the 2013/14 financial year, the EPA inspected 123 wells with 10 wells or 8% having reportable leaks with a further 11 wells detected to have non-reportable leaks i.e. less than 1000 parts per million (ppm). Which means 17% of all wells inspected leaked methane into the atmosphere.
For the 2014/15 financial year, the EPA inspected 78 wells with 11 wells or 14% having reportable leaks with a further 11 wells detected to have non-reportable leaks. Which means 28% of all wells inspected leaked methane into the atmosphere.
According to AGL's Environment Protection Licence (EPL) 12003 for the Camden Gas Project, under condition M7.3 AGL must monitor for the detection of leaks in accordance with US EPA Method 21 – Determination of Volatile Organic Compound Leaks (40 CFR Part 60, Appendix A, Method 21).
EPL 12003 Condition R4.2 requires AGL to submit a brief summary report on the Leak Detection And Repair (LDAR) Program with the Annual Return. Condition R4.2 also stipulates a classification for the leaks according to the scale of the leak and R4.3 specifies the time frame that "AGL should aim to have the component repaired" once a leak has been identified, which are set out in the table below:
AGL did not possess a suitable gas monitoring instrument capable of detecting methane leaks until June, 2015 when they purchased 3 instruments similar to those employed by the EPA. So AGL did not have the capability to conduct any ongoing detection or monitoring of gas infrastructure in the gas field. This fact demonstrates AGL's scant regard for fugitive emissions of greenhouse gases. The absence of any means for AGL to detect or monitor leaks on an ongoing basis renders the intent of the EPL's repair response times impotent because the leaks could remain undetected for up to a year.
To meet its obligations under EPL 21003, AGL contracted a private company, Heath Pipeline Services Pty Ltd (HPS) to test the Rosalind Park Gas Plant and gas field infrastructure once a year.
The Annual LDAR Program reports for 2013 and 2014 state that HPS conducted the testing using a GMI Leak Surveyor instrument to record leaks. In the 2013 report it states the instrument has an "upper detection limit of 10,000 ppmv" which can be confirmed on the GMI website at https://www.gmiuk.com/product/leaksurveyor/ . This means this instrument would be unable to discriminate between a Major leak (10,000-<50,000 ppmv) and a Significant leak (50,000≤ ppmv). So it remains a mystery how HPS was able to accurately complete the testing of the Camden Gas Project field infrastructure.
Furthermore, the 2015 Annual LDAR Program report again undertaken by HPS states that they used a GMI Gasurveyor 500 . According to the GMI Gasurveyor 500 Series product brochure this instrument has an upper detection limit of 1,000 ppmv for methane. So this instrument would not be able to discriminate between a Minor leak (1000-<10,000 ppmv), Major leak (10,000-<50,000 ppmv) and a Significant leak (50,000≤ ppmv). These limitations in the instruments reportedly used to prepare the LDAR Program reports seriously undermines the credibility of these documents.
Fortunately, the EPA conduct independent inspections of the Camden Gas Project infrastructure with representatives of AGL. The EPA inspector arranges a date for the inspection but does not reveal which wells are to be inspected until the inspections commence. However, from the records obtained by Stop CSG Macarthur it is the same EPA officer that has carried out all of the inspections. This maybe a consequence of staffing levels but it is a high risk corruption resistance strategy which could undermine public confidence in the inspections.
Each inspection focused on a number of components of the well infrastructure. The identification and measurement of fugitive methane emissions was carried out using calibrated RKI Instruments Eagle 2 portable gas monitor which were the property of the EPA. This instrument has a detection range of 0 (ppm) to 50,250ppm.
EPA Inspections 2013/14 Financial Year:
EPA Inspections 2014/15 Financial Year:
In addition to the above leaks, on 31/8/14 residents of Spring Farm reported loud noises and an odour emanating from SF05 that commenced at 7:30pm to the NSW Fire Brigade who attended. A subsequent investigation by EPA revealed a Pressure Safety Valve had activated due to a build up of pressure in the well believed to be 200 pounds per square inch (psi) after the well had been off-line then brought back on-line. The period the valve was open and an estimation of the gas released has not been revealed. The valve is designed to activate at pressure over 75 psi to protect the gas infrastructure from failing. A faulty pressure transmitter did not relay the fault to the staff at Rosalind Park Gas Plant who remotely brought the well back on-line. Consequently, AGL staff at the Gas Plant were unaware of the issue until contacted by their national call centre around 8pm. The EPA subsequently fined AGL $15,000 for breaching the conditions of its EPL in that "AGL,did not maintain its gas well in a propper and efficient condition as required b the EPL".
I have compiled a summary of the EPA inspections obtained through a Freedom of Information request to the EPA in a spreadsheet, read it here.
STOP CSG MACARTHUR MEETING WITH COL DUCK, AGL'S HEAD OF GAS OPERATIONS
On 21 September Josie Moroney and Michael Streatfeild, Stop CSG Macarthur met with Col Duck and Jenny O'Brien at AGL's offices to ask a number of questions on behalf of members of Stop CSG Macarthur. Here is a summary of that discussion:
Col Duck advised he had taken up his position in July, 2015. Since January, 2015 AGL had conducted a review of its gas operations.
AGL has sold back the PEL 2, withdrawn the Stage 3 Northern Expansion of the Camden Gas Project and the Hunter PEL, but they were continuing their exploration of the feasibility of the Gloucester gas project.
1. Considering that AGL values its image as an environmentally responsible brand, what is the current projected timeline for a full transition to renewable energy in NSW and capping the CSG wells in Camden?
AGL is currently concentrating on the existing wells at Camden which produce 5% of NSW natural gas. These wells have a current lifespan of 10 to 15 years. The Camden Gas Project was started in 2001 and some of the wells in the Camden Gas Project have been capped already. The wells at Spring Farm Jenny thinks were drilled in 2008.
Michael asked what the decommissioning of CSG wells involved. Col advised that a particular concrete mix is used to fill the bore all the way down and is tested at various levels with a plug placed on the top, generally about 2m below the surface. It is called 'plug and abandon". Michael expressed his concern that the abandoned wells still could present inter-connectivity between the strata because it is porous but Col insist the special mix will not allow transmission of water.
2. Can additional wells be added to the Camden gas fields under the current production license, as it's not exploring new areas?
Col advised that new wells can be drilled within the licence area.
Jenny advised that it would involve an involved planning process and approval. She also said the wells would have to comply with the 2km exclusion zone. (Does the moratorium/2km exclusion zone still exist with the 'New Gas Plan'?)
3. Can wells that are approaching the end of their productive lives be rejuvenated with further fracking? Is there any intent to try and extend the lifespans of wells in Camden?
Col advised CSG wells could be re-stimulated by fracking it is called a 'Workover'.
Jenny said that no a workover is generally used to clear coal fines out of the pipes and wells. She advised that AGL has never re-fracked any of the mines at Camden and they would have to get approval from EPA, Dept. of Trade & Investment etc....
4. As used water from unconventional gas has already been found to be unusable for agricultural land, what is the rationale for using it for dust repression within a 2 km radius of homes?
Col and Jenny were unaware of produced water being used for dust suppression and took the question on notice.
5. The 24/7 emergency number went to voicemail after the incident at Spring Farm 31 August, 2014 can you explain whether that is Standard Operating Procedure or there was a breakdown with a subcontracting agency etc?
Jenny advised that the emergency 1300 number is always manned by a contractor and doesn't know what number was called the following morning. Michael stated that according to the AGL website there were AGL personnel in attendance after the leak was detected but his recollection was that there were representatives of the fire brigade and Jemena but no AGL staff there. Jenny insisted AGL staff were in attendance.
6. Was there an incident last week?
[Land Water Future had said there was an incident with the Camden Gas Project in the week prior to 21/9/15]
Col and Jenny had no knowledge of any incident or gas leak. They said that any issue would have been residential gas (with added scent, etc.) and said that if an event had occurred it would have been the responsibility, overview etc. of Jemena.
7. After our conversation on the phone the other day I had a look at the water monitoring that is displayed on the AGL website and from what I can see there is monitoring of the head pressure in monitoring bores drilled to different depths for different strata. There is also monitoring of the quality of produced water from the wells but there is nowhere that I could find where there is monitoring of the water quality of the surface water, shallow and deep aquifer water. Does AGL monitor this water?
Jenny stated they do and Michael asked her to send him the link on the website which shows this.
8. I also read off the website that the Camden Gas Project extracted around 3.6 megalitres of produced water in the 2013/14 financial year, where is the produced water taken and treated?
Col advised that it is taken by a contractor who is approved by the EPA. I asked them to send me the details of the company and where the water is disposed.
9. AGL has a credibility issue with our group, as a result of the failures of the company adhere to its obligations with its licence such as the failure to publish data from continuous air monitoring, particularly at Rosalind Park, also for emissions of Nitrogen Oxides between 2009 & 2012, and air monitoring in February and May 2013. As well as, the Leak Detection and Repair Program report of 2013, where the contractor employed by AGL, Heath Pipeline Services, used an instrument that could only register a reading of 10,000 ppm of methane when they are required to record three levels of leaks minor (<1000 ppm), major (1000-10,000 ppm) and significant (10,000 -50,000 ppm). This would mean it was effectively impossible to record major leaks with their equipment.
Col and Jenny did not believe that was the case.
10. Well from my reading of the report, that is the case. Also, the contractors took only 12 days in May to audit 120 wells and found no major leaks while the EPA conducted an audit of 90 wells over a period of 2 months finding around 10% of the wells leaked with minor, major and significant leaks detected.
Col advised that these leaks were then repaired as soon as possible.
11. But it is disturbing that it took the EPA to discover them and that it seems there is no ongoing monitoring of the infrastructure by AGL. Is it possible to obtain a copy of the 2014 & 2015 LDRP reports from you rather than submitting a GIPA request to the EPA?
Jenny stated the reports are available on the website.
I looked and I could not find a download from the website. I saw a reference to its existence but no link to the actual document.
Col and Jenny said they would look into it. Michael supplied them a copy of the 2013 LDRP to assist them with their inquiries.
On 4 November, 2015 we received a written response to some of our outstanding questions and you can read it here.
STOP CSG MACARTHUR APPLAUDS THE BAIRD GOVERNMENT'S BUY BACK OF PEL 2 COVERING THE SPECIAL AREAS OF THE SYDNEY WATER CATCHMENT.
HOWEVER RESIDENTS OF MACARTHUR STILL LIVE IN THE CAMDEN GAS PROJECT.
The Baird Government are to be commended for releasing the Sydney Water Catchment and Greater Sydney from the threat of Coal Seam Gas mining by buying back the expired Petroleum Exploration Licence 2 (PEL 2) from AGL in early July, 2015 (Read Peter Hannam's SMH article). AGL have not only relinquished CSG operations in the Sydney Water Catchment but also finally cancelled their plans for Stage 3 of the Camden Gas Project which would have seen the gas field expand north through Scenic Hills along the upper canal. Though the expansion was stalled by the moratorium and 2km exclusion zone initiated by former Premier Barry O'Farrell, AGL had refused to withdraw the application until now despite constant calls by members of Stop CSG Macarthur for the application to be withdrawn and taken down from the Department of Planning and Environment website. AGL have also surrendered the PEL covering the Hunter Valley. This is a great result for the many anti-CSG community groups of greater Sydney who have maintained the pressure on our state politicians and AGL to date. This is also a consequence of the falling fossil fuel prices making these projects unsustainable and not worth the groundswell of public opposition.
Unfortunately, though this will stop new CSG mining in the greater Sydney area, it does not effect the existing Camden Gas Project. A field of over 90 producing CSG wells which are sprinkled around Menangle, Camden, Spring Farm and Mt. Annan. These wells have an expected lifespan of 10 to 15 years, were drilled in 2008 and some are located within 100 metres of residential housing. AGL's record of monitoring and maintaining the Camden Gas Project infrastructure is abysmal and we don't know if there are any long-term health impacts from living in close proximity to gas fields. There is anecdotal evidence from a number of residents near the Camden Gas Project that there are health impacts but no proper study has been done. The project should be halted immediately until the safety of the residents of Macarthur can be guaranteed.
AGL's PILOT OPERATIONS IN GLOUCESTER SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF DISCOVERY OF BTEX CHEMICALS
|Watch Jess Moore's speech on the current status of CSG mining in NSW.||Watch Mark Ogge's speech on the economic repercussions of CSG mining in Australia.||Watch Dr. Helen Redmond's speech on the health impacts of CSG mining.|
Invited Guest Speakers
The audience also included many of our political representatives including Federal Labor MP Laurie Ferguson, State Labor nominee Greg Warren, State MPs Walt Secord and Andrew McDonald member for Macquarie Fields. As well as State Greens Justin Field and Federal Greens Patrick Darley Jones, Campbelltown Councillors Fred Borg and Rudi Kolkman. The political leaders addressed the audience, engaged with the residents during and after the question and answer segment. Regrettably State Liberal MP's Anthony Roberts, Bryan Doyle and Federal MP Russell Matheson declined to attend so we are unable to shed any light on their stance on CSG mining.
|Watch the address by Laurie Ferguson, Labor Federal member for Werriwa.||Watch the address by Walt Secord, State Labor MLC.||Watch the address by Dr. Andrew McDonald, State Labor member for Macquarie Fields.|
|Watch the address by Will D'Arcy, Stop CSG Sydney Water Catchment.||Watch the address by Justin Field, NSW Greens.||
Watch the address by Fred Borg, Independent Councillor, Campbelltown City Council.
|Russell Matheson, Federal Liberal Member for Macarthur.||Anthony Roberts, State Liberal Minister for Resources and Energy.||Bryan Doyle, State Liberal member for Campbelltown|
If the conservative members of parliament wish to update us with their position on CSG mining in the Macarthur area and our water catchment we are only to happy to publish it on our website for the information of residents of the Macarthur area.
Mr. Bryan Doyle MP hosted a private campaign fund-raising luncheon at the Essen Restaurant, Queen Street, Campbelltown on Wednesday 30 July, 2014. Invitees were required to pay $250 to secure a seat at the event.
Stop CSG Macarthur community action group assembled outside to draw to his attention their concerns about Coal Seam Gas mining in the Macarthur area and the water catchment. Mr. Doyle greeted and acknowledged members of the group outside the restaurant where they presented him with a letter detailing their concerns.
Mr. Doyle informed the group he had contributed to the establishment of the 2km exclusion zone to existing residential property from CSG mining. When members of Stop CSG Macarthur expressed their concern that AGL's application for the Stage 3 Northern Expansion of the Camden Gas Field had not been withdrawn. He told the members he had urged his fellow government MP's to cancel the application but had not received enough support to succeed.
Members presented Mr. Doyle with a letter addressed to The Hon. Mr. Anthony Roberts which Mr. Doyle duly forwarded. Read the letter and Mr. Roberts' response.
Santos CSG Contamination Spill Again at the Pilliga State Forest.
After the revelation of the Uranium contamination by Santos at the Pilliga Forest CSG operation surfaced on 18 February,2014 the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is again investigating another spill that occurred on 25 March, 2014. This is a much quicker response by the EPA reporting the incident just 3 days later. The EPA's media release states they are investigating about 500 litres of produced water which entered a diversion drain. Produced water is the water drawn out of the coal seam to allow the gas to exit the seam. Where fracking has been employed, this may also include the chemicals used in this process. Produced water may contain heavy metals and naturally occurring radioactive materials like the uranium detected last time. You can be sure Santos will still continue to insist they run a very safe, professional operation and assure us our fears are groundless. The problem is once the aquifers and artesian basin are poisoned there is no turning back. Read Saffron Howden's report in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Tony Windsor Launches Report Examining the Facts on Coal Seam Gas.
Former Independent Federal member of Parliament , Tony Windsor, launched a report from the Australia Institute prepared by senior economist, Matt Grudnoff. The detailed report examines the claims made by some of the gas corporations, the perceptions of surveyed Australians and what evidence is available.
Cathy McGowan Independent MP for Indi welcomed former MP Tony Windsor to speak on coal seam gas. Photo: Andrew Meares
- Increased Incidence of Cancer - A study from Colorado, USA entitled "Human health risk assessment of air emissions from development of unconventional natural gas resources" by McKenzie et al., published in the Elsevier Scientific Journal in 2012. This study is a risk assessment determined from the measured emissions from shale gas extraction. It concluded there were increases in risk for non-cancer impacts, such as headaches and throat and eye irritation, difficulty in breathing, dizziness, numbness and fatigue. Similar to the anecdotal reports in Tara, Queensland. It also concluded that the risk of cancer was greater for those that lived within half a mile of unconventional gas wells than those that lived more than half a mile away but these estimates were low. That is an estimated increase of 10 cancer cases in a million people living within a half mile of wells and 6 in a million for those living more than a half mile away. A very real concern for residents of Spring Farm, Mount Annan and Menangle.
- Exaggerated Job Figures - Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for 2013 show the entire Gas & Mining Industry combined employed less than 0.2% or 20,700 Australians. Those employed by CSG is only a fraction of that 20,700 and unfortunately this data is not collected by ABS. This is only two thirds of the number of people employed at Bunnings. The Gas Industry would have you believe that in 2012 it created 100,000 jobs. They creatively inflate their figures by claiming incidental jobs outside their project.
- Negative Impacts on the Economy - The surge of investment from the mainly foreign owned Mining Corporations pushes the $A up crippling our other export industries. Also, the spike in jobs for the brief construction phase of CSG projects poaches qualified personnel with higher incomes from other industries who have invested in their training. Sending those industries and more long term jobs to the wall.
- Threats to water systems and supplies (watch the video to explain Hydraulic Fracturing)
- Leaking methane (a greenhouse gas over 20 times more efficient at trapping radiation than carbon dioxide)
- Health Impacts
- Above ground footprint
- Related seismic activity
- Land value
- 16 CSG mines on the Woronora Plateau are proposed by Apex Energy NL including 10 in the catchments of the Woronora River, Waratah Rivulet and Cataract Dams. These are currently on hold due to public pressure from members of the Illawarra community.
- it has been reported that Apex Energy NL has commenced drilling in February, 2013 the Apex Burragorang DDH1 at Oakdale within the Sydney Catchment Authority Special Area (which are restricted buffer zones to protect water quality) in the Warragamba catchment. This is the water supply to greater Sydney!
- 144 CSG mines established by AGL in the Camden Gas Project of which 90 are in production now. This project will result in just 3 full time jobs during production with around 35 odd during the construction phase.
- 66 CSG mines proposed in AGL's northern expansion of the Camden Gas Project. The mines are planned to flank the SCA's Upper Canal which channels drinking water from the Broughtons Pass Weir, Cataract River to Prospect Reservoir. The proposed expansion has been suspended since Premier Barry O'Farrell responded to public pressure and introduced a 2km buffer on land zoned residential.
- The EPA fined AGL $1,500 in March, 2013 for breaching its licence conditions at its Rosalind Park Gas Treatment Plant after emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) were recorded above limits permitted by its Environment Protection Licence. After AGL self-reported it exceeded its Nitrous Oxide emissions limit from on site gas compressor engines during September, November and December 2012. See EPA media release
- under investigation again by the EPA after it was brought to the attention of the EPA by Connie Agius, a reporter from the ABC, that AGL had failed to publish data from its continuous air monitoring program at the Rosalind Park Gas Plant between February and May 2013. See a copy of the report. After the ABC's inquiries AGL posted the March 2013 report.
- EPA established non-compliance by AGL of its Environment Protection Licence conditions, namely: failure to maintain and operate equipment; failure to continuously monitor emissions; and failure to meet proper sampling requirements to monitor concentrations of pollutants discharged relating to its Rosalind Park Gas Plan between 2009 and 2012 ( Reported by AGL in July, 2012). So does the EPA prosecute AGL or revoke their licence? No, the EPA accepts an offer from AGL of an 'Enforceable Undertaking'. So why would we have any more confidence in this new 'Enforceable Undertaking' when the EPA won't enforce the non-compliance of the licence conditions? The undertaking requires AGL to pay $150,000 to the "Love Your Lagoons" environmental education management project to be implemented by the University of Western Sydney. As well as $10,000 to the EPA for its investigation and legal costs. Read the EPA Media Release. This cosy deal means AGL is promoted in the media as the good corporate citizen by making the donation to UWS while its contempt for its licence conditions are dismissed as inconsequential. Read the article.
- conducting Well Workover operations outside prescribed hours defined in the original Project Approval - Section 75J of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979, Project Application: 06_0291. On Saturday 20 July, 2013 Well Workover operations were conducted until 2:30pm when they are prohibited from conducting planned maintenance activities (includes well workover) outside the hours of 8.00am to 1pm on Saturday. (Reported by the public)
- The EPA issued a $1500 fine and a caution to AGL in September, 2014. AGL had self reported exceeding the limit on emissions of Nitrogen Oxides on two occasions in August, 2013. Read the EPA Media Release.
If you want to know what is really going on, read the report!
Santos CSG Project Contaminates Pilliga Aquifer with Uranium
Sean Nicholls, Sydney Morning Herald has uncovered the contamination of the ground water in north western NSW that occurred back in March 2013 from Santos's Coal Seam Gas (CSG) exploration well in the Pilliga State Forest, Narrabri. Santos's routine testing of the nearby aquifer detected "elevated levels of total dissolved solids and slightly elevated levels of other elements". This was reported to the state Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in March 2013 who then launched an investigation into the contamination. The results of that investigation was finally published on 18 February, 2014 nearly a year later without disclosing the contaminants involved. The investigation concluded it occurred because of leaks from a holding pond which contained waste water from the CSG operation.
Two days later the Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner announces a Memorandum of Understanding to fast track the government's decision on the CSG project. Persistent questioning of the EPA chief environmental regulator Mark Gifford by Sean Nicholls revealed the contaminants included lead, aluminium, arsenic, barium, boron, nickel and uranium. With the uranium concentration in the aquifer recorded at 20 times the safe drinking water guideline. Read the SMH article. The failure of the EPA to disclose the nature of the contaminants rings alarm bells regarding our public watch dog. Whose interests are they really protecting?
So what penalty does the EPA impose on this huge multinational corporation for contaminating the ground water of the Liverpool plains, one of the most productive agricultural areas of Australia? $1500!!!! When do the local farmers find out their ground water has been compromised? 1 year after the fact!!!! If this occurs on a larger scale, how far down the food chain does the uranium travel before it is stopped?
The CSG mining companies are forever assuring us that they use world's best practise and the technology is safe but how can you believe them when this happens at the exploration phase? Now the damage is done, they have received a paltry fine, have agreed to implement a monitoring and re mediation plan for the aquifer but the juggernaut rolls on with the state government giving it a push. Where is the independent, scientific review of CSG mining in NSW? It appears the State Government swallows the mining lobby's line without question because it hungers for the royalty dollars.
The American victims, John Fenton (Wyoming Farmer) and Bill Price (resident of the Appalachia, West Virginia), have travelled across the globe to warn us that this is the mining companies' modus operandi. It is too late for them but they are imploring us to stand up to the mining companies before our water, our land and our future is lost.
The Federal Industry Minister and Gas Industry Fear Campaign Debunked
Since last year the Federal Industry Minister, Ian McFarlane and the Gas Industry have been peddling a fear campaign that NSW will run out of Gas by 2016 when existing contracts expire. An in depth investigation by Paddy Manning, Business Editor for Crikey Independent Media uncovers the truth on the availability of Gas to NSW. Read the article.
The news is the gas is not going to run out any time soon. Paddy Manning states that there are "three seriously big gas resources that supply the southern and eastern states: the massive coal seam gas in Queensland's Bowen and Surat basins (41620PJ), plus conventional gas in the Gippsland Basin (3890PJ) and the Cooper Basin (1835PJ). Not shown but certainly exercising the mind of investors is a vast potential resource of tight and shale gas in the Cooper Basin."
Courtesy of Crikey Independent Media
However, the price of gas to consumers in NSW is due to skyrocket when the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plants at Gladstone, Browse and Carnarvon Basins come on line 2014-2016. Our gas will be able to be exported at a price to match overseas markets and force our domestic price up. At this point we will become the world's largest exporter of LNG taking the title from Qatar.
This high export price is also driving our energy generation in Queensland in the wrong direction for tackling climate change. It has just been announced by Stanwell Corporation that their Queensland Swanbank gas-fired power station will shut for the next three years to sell their gas to LNG operators and take advantage of the lucrative gas prices. They will then fire up the mothballed coal-fired Tarong power station instead significantly increasing their greenhouse em missions.
What Are The Risks Of Coal Seam Gas (CSG) Mining?
Typically the mining companies have developed their CSG mining operations with little public awareness and the adverse impacts are only realised after they have been established. Examples of these communities include Colorado, USA and the Darling Downs, Queensland as covered in the ABC Four Corners documentary 'Stop the Gas Rush':
Where Is CSG Mining Being Undertaken In Australia?
Menangle Park Well MP15 just 40m from the Upper Nepean River
Sydney Water Catchment
The location of the CSG mines directly impacting the Sydney Water Catchment can be seen on the map produced by the Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA) from its 2012 Draft Literature Review of CSG Impacts on Water Resources [PDF]. These include:
Did You Know CSG Mining Is Just Next Door?
Or how about the 4 CSG wells just 100 metres away? Click the image get a closer view!
Of the 90 AGL coal seam gas mines currently in production, seven of the well heads are located on the perimeter of the new residential development, Spring Farm Estate adjacent to the Mt. Annan and Narellan residential precincts. Would you knowingly pay $400,000 for a house and land package at Spring Farm for your family to be the guinea pigs in this coal seam gas experiment? We need a rigorous, independent, peer reviewed, scientific study into the effects of CSG mining now!
Have a look at the Where Are The CSG Wells page to find out which wells are near you.
Can we trust AGL with Coal Seam Gas Mining?
It is apparent from these breaches that the EPA does not keep a watchful eye upon the activities of AGL's mining operations but relies on self reporting by the mining companies themselves or concerned third parties. So who is monitoring the CSG mining industry?
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OUR LAND, OUR WATER, OUR FUTURE CAMPAIGN:
LEO SAYER AND AUSTRALIANS AGAINST FRACKING!:
Australians from the music industry recognise the threat posed by the mining corporations with CSG mining and make their point the way they know best. Watch the Video
JOHN FENTON, WYOMING SPEAKS:
- John Fenton, a farmer from Wyoming USA, has come to Australia to warn us of the scourge of CSG mining. He gave a talk on 3/3/14 at the Stop CSG Illawarra group meeting at Thirroul. The following clip contains some excerpts of his presentation. Watch the short video.
NEW YORK UNDER THREAT OF FRACKING:
- The gas corporations are now targeting New York's water supply and their Hudson River is under threat of fracking to mine shale gas. At the moment fracking is banned in New York State but the Governor is seeking to amend the legislation. See the Dateline, SBS TV report "Fracked Off".
CSG MINING COMES TO SOUTH AUSTRALIA:
- Beach Energy is planning to drill CSG exploration wells in prime agricultural land in the south east of South Australia. It is starting near Penola and fracking is on the agenda. The Beach Energy representative tries to convince us that "their" fracking is a very precise and safe process. The SA government appear ambivalent to farmer's and vigneron's concerns while the Federal Government are keen to push the CSG barrow. Watch the Land line, ABC TV Southern Gas report.
STOP CSG MACARTHUR PUSHES FOR TRANSPARENCY WHEN BUILDING HOMES AT SPRING FARM:
PROLIFERATION OF CSG IN QUEENSLAND:
RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS IN CSG WASTE WATER, QLD.:
UNDERMINING AUSTRALIA AND FRACTURED COUNTRY (Lock the Gate):
HUMAN COST OF POWER:
- The Climate and Health Alliance has prepared a video discussing the health impacts of Coal and CSG Mining in Australia. Watch the short version of the video.
STUDIES SHOW CSG GAS WELLS LEAK:
STUDIES IDENTIFY FRACKING CHEMICALS EFFECT ESTROGEN & ANDROGEN RECEPTOR ACTIVITIES IN THE SURFACE AND GROUND WATER IN DENSELY CSG MINED COLORADO RIVER:
NSW GAS CRISIS FABRICATED:
SANTOS TAKEN TO LAND & ENVRIONMENT COURT: