May 2011 to March 2012, Illegal CSG water disposal by Metgasco at Casino sewrage station
Description of Incident:
Lock the Gate Northern Rivers received confirmation from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) that Metgasco have been disposing of wastewater from its coal seam gas exploration activities illegally at the Casino Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) for almost a year up to March 2012.
This wastewater disposal practice represented a violation of both the gas company’s water management plan as well as the Richmond Valley Council’s STP license and both parties have been told by the EPA to stop immediately. A total of 1.36 million litres of produced coal seam gas water had been disposed of at the STP between May 2011 and March 2012.
This information is contained in a letter from the EPA to lawyers acting for Lock the Gate Northern Rivers which was received in early June 2012.
See the Lock the Gate Northern Rivers Media Release.
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