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CSG miner Metgasco is offering media the opportunity to tour its CSG test site at Glenugie.

The company claims misinformation is at the core of community attitudes against the unconventional gas extraction and hopes that by opening its gates it may change that.

Despite the fact Metgasco admits it has not undertaken any testing of aquifers at the site, Metgasco’s drilling supervisor Craig Nairn told local media he was confident there has been no contamination.

So far Metgasco has drilled almost 500m below ground level and the drill is poised just tens of metres above the level of the coal seam.

Mr Nairn says no gas will be extracted from the test well at Glenugie, which has been constructed to test whether accessible methane exists in the coal seam.

Mr Nairn told ABC radio this morning that, once the tests were complete, the well would be ‘plugged and abandoned’.

Northern rivers Lock the Gate Alliance spokesperson Boudicca Cerese has previously said up to 60 per cent of drilling cores will leak over time, even when filled.

Mr Nairn told APN Media today that there was ‘no scientific evidence linking the fact a well is leaking to the fact it has contaminated surrounding aquifers’.

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  1. FYI leaking wells and aquifers
    1. Industry admission
    “The coal seam gas industry has conceded that extraction will inevitably contaminate aquifers.

    The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association told a fiery public meeting in Sydney that good management could minimise the risks of water contamination, but never eliminate them.

    ”Drilling will, to varying degrees, impact on adjoining aquifers,” said the spokesman, Ross Dunn. ”The extent of impact and whether the impact can be managed is the question.”

    The admissions came before the start of the first public hearing in NSW, held in Narrabri, of a Senate inquiry into the effects of coal seam gas mining.

    The hearing was told that many farmers in northern and western NSW were angry about proposals to extract coal seam gas from their land, and some planned to join a mass campaign to lock their gates in the face of resources companies.”

    2. Other accidents and issues already occurring in Australia

  2. No testing of any kind = no contamination.
    There is no misinformation except that coming from Metgasco.
    Parading the media through a drilling site is a stunt.

  3. Absolutely agree with the Metgasco spin doctor that ” misinformation is at the core of community attitudes against the unconventional gas extraction”. Unfortunately for Metgasco, the misinformation is coming from them and is meeting a well informed and thoughtful community that refuse to swallow their glib nonsense!

  4. Metgasco admits that it has not undertaken any testing of aquifers at its Glenugie site, yet Metgasco’s drilling supervisor, Craig Nairn, is confident there has not been (and presumably will not be) any contamination. Just how confident is Mr Nairn, really? Is he (along with his partners in malfeasance), willing to put up adequate collateral to cover the untold compensation claims that will very likely follow their activities?

    Mr Nairn also shared with APN Media that there was ‘no scientific evidence linking the fact a well is leaking to the fact it has contaminated surrounding aquifers’. Surely, without the testing that so many are pushing for, there is no scientific evidence proving that a leaking well DOESN’T contaminate aquifers, either!

    When the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association itself admits that even good risk management cannot completely eliminate potential contamination of our water, it is beyond time to enforce the Precautionary Principle and cease this lunacy. This is our drinking water we are talking about here, for goodness sake.

    On a list of constituents essential to human (and other) life, water is critically close to the top. What sort of people would knowingly place essential elements of life at very real risk, and for what purpose? We cannot eat coal and we cannot drink gas, it really is that simple. Any persons who would, by extension, willingly place at risk either their own life or their children’s (if their neighbour’s needs are considered of too little importance), might reconsider their motives, in the knowledge that, in the minds of the vast majority of their loved ones, friends, family, colleagues and etc, there is no possible explanation that legitimately excuses poisoning one’s fellow creatures or the land we live upon.


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