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’.