Directional drilling

Directional Drilling

Shine Lawyers Dalby discussed directional drilling at the BSA AGM on 13 October 2015.

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Well stimulation and fracking

CSG Well Stimulation methods (such as hydraulic fracking) create expanded pathways for the movement of water and gas underground. These processes bring with the added risks to groundwater supply and groundwater quality.

CSG and the danger of open exploration holes

If the water is removed from the coal seams as planned over such a vast area of Queensland we are going to see uncontrollable volumes of gas leak from open mineral exploration test holes and we will also witness the depletion of many of our aquifers via these holes.

Millions of tonnes of salt with nowhere to go

Extracted associated CSG water contains high concentrations of salt with reports of up to 200,000 tonnes of salt extracted annually as part of the dewatering process. In the past this salty water has been stored in evaporation dams – causing major concerns about the impact on soil salinity and seepage into shallow aquifers.

Impacts from infrastructure

While the actually well-pad may be the size of “half a netball court”, BSA is concerned that the industry and government are not considering the cumulative impacts of all the associated infrastructure pipelines, roads, powerlines, water infrastructure, compaction.