All clear to resume Gloucester CSG

AGL Energy will recommence operations at its Gloucester site.

AGL Energy will recommence operations at its Gloucester site.

By Emma Brown

May 29, 2015

 WORK will now resume at AGL Energy’s CSG operations in Gloucester after it was given the all clear following a contamination scare.  

The energy giant voluntarily shut down its operations in January after traces of toxic C-TEX chemicals were detected in flowback water at its Waukivory site following the drilling of four wells.

The NSW Division of Resources and Energy (DRE) and the Environment Protection Authority (DPA) found no evidence of harm to the environment and no water pollution following a three-month investigation.

The DRE stated there were “no adverse findings” and that “AGL is entitled to resume operations” at the site.

Both government bodies concluded that the BTEX discovered was “naturally occurring” from deep coal seams more than 600m below ground.
“We are pleased the process is complete and for the thoroughness of these investigations which show we have not caused harm to the environment during the Waukivory Pilot,” AGL acting general manager of upstream gas Scott Thomas said.

“Our people have worked tirelessly to maintain the highest standards of safety and environmental protection throughout the pilot and it’s a great testament to their diligence that there have been no adverse findings against AGL.

“AGL will now determine appropriate next steps to resume the pilot. However, it is very encouraging that we can move on with the project which has the potential to provide a reliable source of gas to more than one million users in NSW.”