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Gloucester is awaiting the decision on whether AGL can
start fracking 300m from family homes. AGL want to start
fracking as soon as possible.
CSG companies ignore water quality
guidelines in irrigation reports
The Lock the Gate Alliance has accused the coal seam gas industry of failing to
test for a range of contaminants that could be expected to be found in produced
water from coal seams and produced water from hydraulic fracturing.
Section 4.2.6 of the National Water Quality Guidelines (ANZECC 2000) contains
long-term and short-term trigger value concentrations for heavy metals and
metalloids in irrigation water and Section 4.2.9 contains trigger values for the
radioactive quality of irrigation water, but Lock the Gate says that many of these
dangerous substances are not tested for, or test results are not released
An AGL report, for example, on an
irrigation trial at Gloucester using CSG water fails to report concentrations
and volumes of radioactive, heavy metal and other contaminants including:
arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, cobolt, lead, lithium, mercury, nickel,
selenium, radium 226, radium 228, uranium 238, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene,
xylene and other volatile organic compounds.
Prepared by Fodder King for AGL Upstream Investments Pty Ltd, August 2013. Soil
quality monitoring and management - Report 2 - Irrigation (Activities from 1
April to 30 June 2013)
Tiedman Irriation Trial.
Lock the Gate Alliance president, Drew
Hutton, said this was a further sidelining of environmental regulation in New
South Wales, and is putting communities at risk.
“Not only have concerns of the New South
Wales EPA about the poor quality of irrigation water drawn from coal seams been
ignored, the government has not even required the company to list the full range
of contaminants recommended under the National Guideline," Mr Hutton said.
“Santos has done the same thing in its
report on groundwater quality from the Hoskisson coal seam in the Gunnedah
Basin, leaving out heavy metals, volatile organic compounds and radioactive
Report prepared by Golder Associates, 18
Gunnedah Basin CSG Project - PEL 1 - Kahula Pilot Test GWIS
“Why is the NSW government allowing both
AGL and Santos to go ahead with work at Gloucester and in the Pilliga state
forest when they are so prepared to blithely ignore environmental regulations
and to keep crucial information from the people of New South Wales?” Mr Hutton
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