- The production of large volumes of treated waste water, if released to surface water systems, could alter natural flow patterns and have significant impacts on water quality, and river and wetland health. There is an associated risk that, if the water is overly treated, ‘clean water’ pollution of naturally turbid systems may occur.
Monday, 27 February 2012
Will the Hawkesbury be a CSG dumping ground
Hawkesbury Environmental Network held a CSG information session in
on 16 February. Jem Hallinan from the Environmental Defenders Office gave a presentation on the legal rights of landholders and Tim Spooner talked about how the Putty community found out about exploration in their area. Windsor
Tim also told the gathering that drilling fluids and waste water from the Putty core hole and from the wells at
Camden are treated at a plant at . The treated water is sold to brick and tile makers but a company spokesperson said that during heavy rains some of this water flows into South Creek. Windsor
The Australian Government National Water Commission’s Position Statement on coal seam gas and water in December 2010 says that potential risks include:
The residue of salt and chemicals left over from the treated water goes into restricted landfill and the sludge is sold as compost.
Another company at
turns drilling sludge from building and cable works into compost which is being spread over land surrounded by National Park just off the Windsor
. It has a huge man made, clay lined water storage dam on the property. This property drains into the . Colo River
Both these companies have EPA licences. Will
Windsor become the dumping ground for the water, sludge, salt and chemical residues from the coal seam gas industry in Camden, Wollongong, and Putty? I have been told that the only other treatment plant in NSW is in Sydney . Where will all the water go? There are only so many tiles and bricks that can be made. Newcastle
Posted by KM at 7:47 am