BTEX CHEMICALS IN QLD GAS WELLS - HOW DID THEY GOT THERE?

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BTEX CHEMICALS IN QLD GAS WELLS - HOW DID THEY GOT THERE?

Postby HVPA_research » Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:40 am

HVPA link:http://forum.huntervalleyprotectionalliance.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=248, http://bit.ly/9vjdKh

From Bigpond News:
Cancer-causing chemicals found in wells

Origin and its Australia Pacific liquefied natural gas (Australia Pacific LNG) joint venture partner ConocoPhillips on Tuesday said traces of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX) had been found in the hydraulic fractured wells in the Surat Basin, near Miles.


The companies insist they have not used BTEX during their exploration process.
'Australia Pacific LNG does not use BTEX in its fracture fluids and the supplier has confirmed that the fluids do not contain BTEX,' they said.

'BTEX is found in a range of oil-based products including lubricating oil, diesel and petrol.'


This is very strange. So, traces of cancer causing BTEX chemicals have been found in Queensland coal seam gas wells but the exploration did not put them into their fracking fluids. They cannot explain the fact but seem to suggest that the chemicals came from their lubricants and fuels. How come that this toxic stuff is coming up with the well water? They must be using pretty toxic oils and fuels in their exploration. If all our fuels and lubricants are that dangerous then what do the health departments have to say about it?

Is it not possible that these BTEX chemicals occur naturally in the fracked coal seams? Coal tar is well known to be a potent carcinogen. If so then how will the CSG industry clean up their produce water?
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