Exposing the Risks:
Fundamental Flaws in AGLís application to frack CSG wells in Gloucester
(Review of Environmental Factors (REF))
These information sheets identify health,
ecological, social, economic, financial and political risks that AGL is taking
with its proposed Waukivory Pilot Project at Gloucester.
The risks are apparent from the many
inaccurate statements and missing data in AGLís Review of Environmental Factors
(REF) for the Pilot Project.
Separately and together these weaknesses in
the REF make the document a seriously inadequate and flawed assessment of the
likely impacts of the Waukivory Pilot Project.
The concerns raised in this document need
to be addressed by both Government and AGL before a fair, comprehensive and
credible consideration of the impacts of the Project is possible.
The risk sheets below need to be considered
as a whole, not only as stand-alone documents. In many cases risks identified in
each of the twelve Risk Sheets are linked to further details in other Risk
Sheets, to provide a more complete context.
Risk Sheet 1 entitled Discrepancies and
Contradictions, provides an overview of the many concerns community members hold
regarding the critical and fundamental issues relating to social licence:
How accurate is AGLís information? Is the
AGLís documents and public statements
include many contradictory statements.
The rush to implement the Pilot Project,
with its toxic chemicals and lack of proper water and health risk assessments
suggests AGL is not taking concerns relating to community health, water,
environment and water-reliant businesses seriously.
The other eleven Risk Sheets (2-12)
identify specific concerns about AGLís proposed fracking operation and highlight
many concerns that need to be addressed before a rigorous, credible and balanced
assessment of the project can be made.
Information in this pack was gathered by
community members of Gloucester and elsewhere. Together we share a deep
knowledge and passion for the local ecosystems and community of the Gloucester
We represent the range of people living in
a rural community: farmers, scientists, engineers, health workers, small
business and tourism operators, tradespeople, parents, grandparents and family
We have consulted experts in the field on
as many issues as possible; however some of the issues raised are based on our
own understanding and interpretation.
Groundswell Gloucester is determined to
ensure the well-being of the local environment which we depend on for our
livelihoods, so that our children and others can enjoy healthy and prosperous
lives in this valley.
We feel a strong responsibility to protect
the ecological, economic and social sustainability of our environment and our
Risk Sheet 1: Discrepancies and
Risk Sheet 2: Toxic Chemicals in Fracking Fluid
Risk Sheet 3: Flooding at Site
Risk Sheet 4: Connectivity of Coal Seams and Beneficial Aquifers
Risk Sheet 5: Management of Fracking Fluid
Risk Sheet 6: Sulphate-Reducing Bacteria
Risk Sheet 7: Air Quality and Methane
Risk Sheet 8: Water Monitoring - Useful Data?
Risk Sheet 9: Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems and Threatened Species
Risk Sheet 10: Rationale for Fracking
Risk Sheet 11: Inadequate Environmental Incident Response Plan (EIRP)
Risk Sheet 12: Health Impacts
Appendix A: Commentary: Problems with meeting the requirements of the NSW Code
of Practice for Coal Seam Gas Fracture Stimulation Activities (CoP)
CoP Code of Practice for Coal Seam Gas
Fracture Stimulation Activities
EIRP Environmental Incident Response Plan
EMM EMGA Mitchell McClennan
EPA Environment Protection Authority
FSMP Fracture Stimulation Management Plan
GDE Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem
HHERA Human Health and Environmental Risk Assessment
MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet
NICNAS National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme
OCSG Office of Coal Seam Gas
PB Parson Brinckerhoff Consultants
REF Review of Environmental Factors
SGMP Surface and Groundwater Management Plan
SKM Sinclair Knight Mertz - consultants
SRB Sulphate-Reducing Bacteria
VWP Vibrating Wire Piezometers
For further information:
Julie Lyford 02 6558 1995
Jenni O'Neill 0432 144 338
Jeff Kite 02 6558 7436