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Camden | Northern Rivers
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Hansard: Legislative Council 10 August 2011
Coal Seam Gas Exploration
Speakers Buckingham The Hon Jeremy
Business Adjournment, ADJ
COAL SEAM GAS EXPLORATION
The Hon. JEREMY BUCKINGHAM [6.31 p.m.]: Members will recall the AGL coal seam
gas well blowout that occurred on 17 May at the AGL Sugarloaf 3 coal seam gas
well at Camden in south-west Sydney, adjacent to the suburb of Glen Alpine.
talking on site to some landholders, members of
the Scenic Hills Association and others
concerned about coal seam gas extraction and
preparing a video to put on the website, lo and
behold a coal seam gas well behind me exploded
The Hon. Rick Colless: All by itself?
The Hon. JEREMY BUCKINGHAM: I had nothing to do
with it. It started spewing into the air an
unknown thick, white foam substance. The
substance being ejected gradually became a
liquid aerosol and drifted towards the suburb of
should listen because they will have to form a
view about this issue. Given the widely known
toxic chemicals used in coal seam gas drilling,
and the proximity of the well to the suburbs and
drinking water infrastructure of Sydney, I was
concerned about the incident. I raised my
concerns in this Chamber, with government
departments and in the community.
On 27 May,
in response to a question from me, Minister Greg
Pearce informed the House that an
interdepartmental investigation headed by the
Office of Environment and Heritage was underway.
Members will be interested to know that, after
some prompting, we have a result.
of Environment and Heritage sent a warning
letter to AGL stating:
The OEH has
determined that the degasser unit was not being
operated in a proper and efficient manner.
regulator, being the Office of Environment and
reminds AGL that all breaches of the Protection
of the Environment Operations Act 1997 are taken
An appropriate regulatory response to this
incident is to issue a formal official warning
to AGL Upstream Investments.
Further, the Office of Environment and Heritage
AGL had been remiss in their management of the
CSG bore well.
Members may consider that this is the end of the
matter but, unfortunately, I do not believe that
is so. We are yet to see the analysis of exactly
what was in the foam that was discharged over
the suburbs of Campbelltown.
that analysis is dependent on AGL's own
investigation because independent soil sampling
was undertaken by consultants for AGL.
That is not
good enough and is simply indicative of how this
industry has been rolled out across the State
with numerous other similar instances. The
Camden matter would not have been brought to the
attention of the Office of Environment and
Heritage or the community had I not been
can be said about the Pilliga issue. Members
opposite might be interested to know that the
claim against me and my office of somehow being
involved in tampering with something has been
put to bed.
I am informed that a number of departmental
representatives, as well as senators, as part of
their Senate inquiry, visited the site and saw
exactly what I saw. It is inappropriate that
this industry is self-regulated.
has not been proven to be safe and the community
has grave concerns about it. I congratulate the
Government on supporting the inquiry into coal
seam gas exploration and extraction by General
Purpose Standing Committee No. 5.
today the Labor Party has announced a task force
into the coal seam gas strategy. After rolling
out coal seam gas projects across the State it
now has decided to have a task force headed by—
The Hon. Jennifer Gardiner: Who's on it? Ian
Macdonald and Tony Kelly?
The Hon. JEREMY BUCKINGHAM: No, not former
Ministers Tony Kelly and Ian Macdonald. I
believe the Hon. Luke Foley and the Hon. Steve
Whan have taken a particular interest in the
just discovered the issue. I am sure that
Legislative Council General Purpose Standing
Committee No. 5 will unearth some issues as it
travels around the State conducting its inquiry.
the Labor Party and this Parliament will make a
industry should be subjected to a moratorium
while the inquiry is underway because these
issues are occurring across the State.
Hansard: Coal Seam Gas Exploration
Camden Gas Project environmental
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 AGL Press release
An independent environmental audit conducted between 1 July 2010 and 30 June
2012 for AGL Energy Limited's (AGL) Camden Gas Project in southwest Sydney has
found its environmental performance to be generally satisfactory and in
accordance with statutory requirements.
The Independent Environmental Audit 2010 - 2012,conductedby consultants Treo
Environment, identified some non-conformance with approval conditions, which AGL
The audit also found that five percent of non-conformance items were
administrative in nature and of the three percent that related to the
environment, none caused actual or potential environmental harm.
One example of non-conformance was not continuously monitoring air emissions,
which was identified by AGL in 2012 and reported to the community and
regulators. AGL commenced actions to rectify this non-conformance on 15 August
2012 including purchase, installation and operation of a new Continuous
Emissions Monitoring System for compressor unit one, and consultation with the
New South Wales EPA in relation to potential alternative monitoring methods for
compressor units two and three.
The report also concluded that environmental performance may be improved by
ensuring more monitoring requirements are completed in accordance with approved
programs and conditions of consent.
AGL's Upstream Gas Head of Community Relations, Julie Delvecchio, said that
while the audit confirms that the Camden Gas Project's environmental performance
is satisfactory, the non-conformances are disappointing for AGL.
We strive to deliver 100 percent compliance to fulfil our obligation to the
community, to our stakeholders and to the environment.
Our focus has been to quickly respond to the audit findings and we have
progressed or completed actions to address 100 percent of the audit report
recommendations, including new continuous air emissions monitoring equipment and
improvements to the Compliance Management System.
AGL is committed to sharing information with the Camden community and we will
provide a further update on these actions to the Community Consultative
Committee and to the wider community in three months," said Ms Delvecchio.
To learn more about AGL's Camden Gas Project, visit agl.com.au/camden.
 Treo Environment, Independent Environmental Audit 2010 - 2012, page 6.