CSG – where the frack to next?

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CSG – where the frack to next?

Postby HVPA_research » Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:24 pm

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* archived from Coal Seam Gas News Daily *

This is one of the best reviews of the NSW CSG industry ever http://echonetdaily.echo.net.au/csg-where-the-frack-to-next/. It was published by North Coast's Independent News. Well worth reading every line!

A talk on the subject of CSG mining isn’t exactly rare these days. But when the speaker is an advisor to the mining industry and is blowing the whistle on dubious CSG mining practices it may be worth taking notice.

Dr Tina Hunter has a background in geology and administrative law. The Bond University lecturer has prepared reports for state governments and has specific knowledge about the integrity of mining wells.


With all the current technology available and her educated background in geology, Dr Hunter is confident that the geology cannot be exactly determined because of its unpredictability. This explains why the number of wells cannot be predetermined and can change during the production phase.

‘What we do know from experience,’ she added, ‘is there tends to be more well heads needed for CSG, which is what you have on the east coast, than shale gas (such as in WA).’

Dr Hunter said that our coal is very close to the aquifers and suggested for that reason alone we need complete transparency from the mining companies.

‘For what may be a low-probability event it has a huge consequence. This is why we need to know how the companies will deal with these disasters.’


In addition to adequate well completion, the question also needs to be asked, how long will the cement last that is used for the well, and when they are finished with or abandon an unproductive well, how long will the plugging last?


Social issues vary and Dr Hunter informed the gathering that in ‘Moranbah, Queensland, rape has increased by 800 per cent and changes the social fabric of the community’.




Conclusion:
Effectively the practices by the CSG companies are very poor, the regulatory framework, which is the Onshore Petroleum Act, is very poor and can’t keep pace, so the whole thing needs to be put on hold until that is done.’


This article also contains links to Dr. Hunter's last year's publication (http://theconversation.edu.au/nsws-coal-seam-gas-ban-where-the-frack-to-next-2487) and to a Queensland government document (http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/factsheets/pdf/environment/en7.pdf) where they explain their concept of the adoptive management of the CSG industry. This is also known as the well-known "suck it and see" approach.
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