Can you drop Minister Roberts a line about this?
The latest blunder in the fiasco with the CSG field at Gloucester is that AGL now proposes to store its toxic flowback “water” in an open dam on one of its properties south of Gloucester.
This is because AGL has not yet found any company willing to take this toxic water.
AGL originally sent it to TransPacific in Newcastle until stopped by Hunter Water which did not want it ending up in the sewers of Newcastle. Then AGL sent it to Worth Recycling in the Hawkesbury region but after a short time that company refused to take any more after BTEX was discovered in the flowback water.
Now AGL wants to store this stuff in an open dam in a paddock just to the south of Gloucester. We think this is outrageous and if you do too, we ask you to let the NSW State Government know.
Will you take a few minutes to send an email or a letter to our Minister for Energy and Resources, Anthony Roberts, telling him you object to AGL’s proposal to store the water in an open dam? We’ve prepared a few points you might like to put in your email – these are listed below.
We’ve only got a short time to email or write – the end of this week. Can you send an email before 5pm on Friday 15th May? You can post a letter or send an email, or both!
Use as many of our dot points listed below as you would like; or write your own email, but it’s best to keep it short and simple.
Here are some points that you might wish to use as part of your comments.
• AGL plan to store flowback water in its eastern dam at Teidmans for a minimum of 8 months and possibly for up to 2 years or longer. The approval for AGL to store any water at Teidmans expired on 30 April, 2015, meaning that AGL has already breached their licence/approval.
• flowback water includes toxic chemicals used in fracking and naturally occurring in coal seams including BTEX and heavy metals.
• AGL have always said that flowback water will be disposed of off-site by tankering the water to a licensed disposal company.
• for the Waukivory Pilot Project, AGL and the Government agreed that the waste would be stored in enclosed steel tanks before the tankers collected it and immediately taken off-site.
• because AGL and their contractor were caught unlawfully disposing of the treated waste in Hunter Water’s sewers and can’t find anybody else who will take the waste, AGL want to take the easy way out and store it in an earth dam on the Teidmans property and sort out the final disposal later.
• AGL are in this situation because of their own incompetence and dishonesty.
• The Office of Coal Seam Gas and other Government agencies are also culpable because they never ensured that AGL had a lawful, safe and environmentally acceptable means of disposing of the flowback water.
• It is totally unacceptable that AGL now wants to store this water for what may be a very lengthy period in an open dam at Gloucester and still don’t know how they will finally dispose of their waste products.
• It is also unacceptable for the Government to even consider bending over backwards again to let AGL get away with this high risk proposal.
• AGL say that the dam has far more capacity than needed and won’t overflow. We have experienced severe storms recently that nobody expected and a similar storm at Teidmans could affect the safety of the earth walls of all three earth dams at Teidmans. The seepage monitoring for these dams is also very inadequate. There has been no engineering detail provided as to the integrity of the dams.
• AGL still don’t really know how much flowback water will be pumped out, nor have they said what will be done with the large quantity of produced water from flow testing that also needs to be disposed of.
• The Government still has not produced any standards as to when flowback water becomes produced water due to dilution with coal seam and aquifer water. This means that the final quantity of both flowback and produced water that needs to be stored and disposed of is completely unknown.
• leaving the flowback water in the earth dam until either the Stage 1 water treatment plant is operating or a complex ‘mobile containerised treatment unit’ can be designed by experts (if it can) and fabricated in unacceptable.
• AGL needs to get approval for its highly inadequate and flawed ‘Extracted Water Management Strategy’ before any decisions can be made.
• no movement of any water at the Waukivory Pilot Project should occur until there is a very clear pathway for the treatment and disposal of flowback and produced water and all their waste products. Until AGL have a proper place to take this toxic water AGL should be required to cap the 4 wells at Waukivory.
• No information has been provided by AGL about any impacts of the water upon bird, animal or aquatic life.
• No information has been provided about impacts on human health.
• AGLs licence requires them to dispose of this water at an approved facility. This is not disposing of the water. It is just storing it and thus AGL would be breaching their licence.
Send your letter to Minister Roberts:
Email: use the contact form at this address
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hon Anthony Roberts,
Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy
GPO Box 5341
Sydney NSW 2001
Can you also find a few extra minutes to send an email to the Office of Coal Seam Gas and the Director of Compliance and Enforcement?
The Office of Coal Seam Gas
PO Box 344 Hunter Regional Mail Centre
Ms Lee Shearer,
Director Compliance and Enforcement,
Division of Resources and Energy,
PO Box 344 Hunter Regional Mail Centre,
Thanks so much for being part of the fight against this toxic industry. Thanks for all that you do.
Groundswell Gloucester team