Coal seam gas well spews foam

May 19, 2011 at 12:28 am Leave a comment

This video is of a coal seam gas well near Campbelltown, southwest of Sydney.

Its unclear what this stuff spewing out actually is, but its likely to contain at least some of the poisonous chemicals used in the gas extraction process. But don’t worry, The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) insists that the toxic water byproduct of coal seam gas mining could have many “beneficial uses”.

Among these it lists:

“Stock watering”
“Crop irrigation”
“Tree plantations”
“Augmenting town water supplies”
“Aquaculture”
“Industrial and manufacturing operations”
“Dust suppression for construction activities”
“Coal washing and the cooling of power stations”

Who could doubt APPEA’s sincerity? Many people it seems. An audience of about 400 people at a forum on coal seam gas at the University of Sydney on May 16 adopted this resolution:

“This meeting calls for a halt to any further exploration and/or granting of licences for coal seam gas drilling in New South Wales until the state government holds an independent commission of enquiry incorporating an environmental impact study as a background for framing long overdue legislation controlling this controversial new industrial activity.”

Below is an advertisement warning of the dangers of coal seam gas that will soon appear on Australian TV.

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