29 May 2012, Gas release bubbling up through Condamine River
Incident Type: Gas Release
Date: Identified 29 May 2012
Location: Chinchilla, Surat Basin, Qld (40km West of Chinchilla on the Condamine River)
Video of Incident: Gasileaks
Description of Incident:
From the Lock the Gate Alliance (30 May) media release:
“The 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.”
Origin Energy (30 May) media release:
“We are confident that the seepage apparent in the Condamine River does not result from our activities. Origin’s nearest gas well infrastructure comprises four pilot wells one kilometre away from the occurrence.”
Qld Government response (30 May) in The Land Online media reporting:
“The state government yesterday sent liquid natural gas investigators to the site, a fishing spot known locally as the “coal hole”.
“The LNG Enforcement Unit began investigations after a landholder raised concerns about the possible causes of bubbling gas in the Condamine River about six kilometres downstream of Chinchilla weir,” Mr Cripps (Queensland Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps) said.
“All those wells are cased and not part of a production field and there are no CSG pipelines in the vicinity, he said.
“Based on this information, the enforcement unit advised the landholder that the cause of the bubbles was unlikely to be CSG activities,” he said.
Mr Cripps said Origin Energy’s tests showed the methane was naturally occurring and “rising” through the geology of the area.
29 May, Kate Ausburn: Coal seam gas leak causes Condamine River to bubble?
30 May, ABC Online: Claim CSG river leak caught on video
30 May, The Australian: CSG ‘bubbling to surface’ along river
30 May, The Land Online: CSG video claims to show river leak
31 May, 9 News Online: CSG linked to river bubbles, expert says
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