Santos oil leak to take 'years' to fix

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Santos oil leak to take 'years' to fix

Postby HVPA_research » Thu May 20, 2010 10:36 pm

Something to remind Kathryn Logan of when she goes on about Santos adhering to "world's best oilfield practise" or other nonsense.
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Santos oil leak to take 'years' to fix
Posted Wed May 19, 2010 12:28pm AEST

Map: Whyalla 5600
The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) says it will take years to fix an oil leak from Santos's Port Bonython plant near Whyalla in South Australia.

Santos recently installed a new pump and treat system which has begun treating contaminated groundwater.

EPA's site contamination manager, Greg Hill, says while Santos has adhered to additional conditions on its licence, the source of the leak is yet to be fully identified.

"It's actually quite a detailed process to test all of the tanks out - it's not a minor thing to be taking these large tanks offline and do the testing," he said.

"There is some more testing scheduled and we're hopeful that that will show something up."
Mr Hill says the remediation work is far from complete.

"It's a significant amount of hydrocarbon in the ground. I would say it will take many years before the issue is concluded and it's a matter of, I guess, undertaking the remediation and monitoring its progress as we go," he said.

The EPA is still investigating if Santos breached its original licence conditions when the leak was first found two years ago.
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