New CSG well drilled in Sydney water catchment

Photo: Stop CSG Illawarra.

released the statement below on February 22.

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On February 20, (and other industry journals) reported that drilling had started on a coal seam gas (CSG) well in the Illawarra Coal Measures in the Burragorang region.

The well — — is in the Warragamba catchment. It is being drilled under an agreement between Apex Energy and Ormil Energy.

Stop CSG Illawarra spokesperson Jess Moore said: "We are horrified to hear that drilling has started. This is step one of a project that risks the drinking water of people supplied by Warragamba Dam.

"There is now more than enough evidence that CSG mining brings risks. The contamination of water and soil in New South Wales and Queensland show the need for an immediate moratorium on all CSG projects and a royal commission into the full impacts of the industry.

support a moratorium on CSG mining until more is known about the health and environmental impacts.

“It is an outrage that water resources are at risk and the government is not stopping it; is not listening to the people of NSW.”

The previous NSW government approved the new well under the Petroleum Exploration License (PEL) 454, which Apex controls and in which Ormil has a 50% interest. These are the same two companies with an agreement to work PEL 442 and PEL 444 in the Illawarra.

Moore said: “The Illawarra community has — so far — halted the plan to develop a gas field here. But we are concerned that Apex and Ormil have shifted their focus west; to another community, another part of the catchment, and a project they feel will be subject to less public scrutiny.

“The Stop CSG meeting on February 19 voted unanimously to assist action taken by Oakdale residents to stop the drilling.

“Communites need to work together in the face of a state government that still supports a 'drill now ask questions later' approach’.”


have lived here in oakdale for 30 years and have had no info about this and it has not been a community discussion are outsiders trying to liven this debate is this gas so bad will wait for evidence
The consequences on potable water supplies and aquifers is not fully understood, nor are the associated risks. Not all the problems have been solved by any means. Adverse consequences are likely to be irreversible. In that event we should not proceed with the present doubt. Maybe you should read/watch the above which is about a documentary re the effects of csg in the US. and this: which is a trailer for an Australian documentary to stop what has already happened in the US. And read this: which is an ABC website talking about different aspects of coal seam gas mining and its effects on the environment and the population. is also an informative website and Gaslands is also a great movie to look at. Thanks, Josie
It should be noted that carbon dioxide also occurs in coal seams and is released with the methane and other gases. It is a question of how much. The Illawarra coal seams are notable for their high concentration of carbon dioxide. This will be released into the atmoshpere.
That hole was not one drilled to obtain gas from a coal seam. It was an exploration hole to get samples of the geology (including the seams). Drill Stem Testing (DST) will have been conducted to obtain information in relation to the nature of the coal in each seam encountered. This (and probably many other) exploration holes will be drilled to generate a "map" of the geology, estimate the reservoir size, identify the aquifiers and determine the coal ranking as well as the seam roof and floor integrity. The data is used to generate a model which is then tested in a variety of ways ( the method is scientific as distinct from science opinion that currently pollutes the field of "Climate Science"). IF it is determined that the coal seam can be intersected and gas obtained in a safe and viable manner then a program will be developed. And it probably will not involve fracturing but Surface To Inseam drilling.