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Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Gas leak in Condamine River
the Gate investigators have discovered coal seam gas bubbling to the surface
along a five kilometre stretch of the Condamine River near Chinchilla in
gas is bubbling to the surface in at least four spots along this stretch of the
river and, according to a local landowner, the coal Seam gas company operating
in the area - Origin - has identified it as coal seam gas and is testing to see
which of its seams it comes from.
the Gate Alliance president, Drew Hutton, will be calling a media conference
today at 10.30 a.m. in front of the Parliamentary Annexe to describe these
findings and call for certain actions to be taken.
Hutton, a former resident of Chinchilla, said that, while it was possible for
methane to naturally bubble to the surface of waterways, none of the local
farmers had ever heard of it happening in the Condamine River.
the fact that it is occurring along several kilometres of the river would
suggest it is not an isolated occurrence but a major leak and has found its way
to the surface along migration pathways opened up by the de-watering of
aquifers or fracking.
don't think there is any doubt this extensive leak is linked to the coal seam
gas drilling, and probably fracking, that is occurring in nearby wells,"
Mr Hutton said.
is just one cut in the death-by-a-thousand cuts to the environment that will
occur when we have the tens of thousands of wells across rural
Hutton said the incident had been reported to the Mines and Environment
departments by a local landowner but these departments reportedly did not want
to know about it.
video of the gas bubbling through the river can be seen at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di8cCrlyW6k under the heading "Condamine
River Gas Leak".The video was
taken by Lock the Gate campaigner and local resident, Dayne Pratzky.