Is CSG fracking?
“The study brought together researchers from the CSIRO, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, University of Queensland and Macquarie University and it confirms that CSG fracking is a safe practice,” Minister Pitt said.
Where is coal seam gas found in Australia?
Australia’s major coal seam gas resources are found onshore in eastern Australia. Currently the largest known proven reserves are in Queensland’s Bowen and Surat basins. CSG has been produced from these areas since the mid 1990s. Until recently, the bulk of supply has been derived from the Bowen Basin.
Is LNG a CSG?
Coal seam gas (CSG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations in Queensland are subject to strict laws to minimise their impacts on the environment.
Why is coal seam gas so controversial?
Possible environmental effects: environmental groups have raised concerns that CSG development might cause environmental damage through release of untreated production water at the surface; damage to, and contamination of underground aquifers by hydraulic fracturing; damage to wildlife habitat in sensitive areas and …
What is coal seam gas made of?
Coal seam gas, or coal bed methane (CBM, is a form of natural gas, typically extracted from coal seams at depths of 300-1000 metres. It is a colourless, odourless, non-toxic mixture of a number of gases but mostly made up of methane (generally 95-97 per cent pure methane).
Is CSG cleaner than coal?
Coal Seam Gas (CSG) is not a ‘clean transition’ fuel because of the potential for substantial fugitive methane emissions associated with extraction and distribution. CSG may prove to be more damaging to the climate than coal.
How many gas wells are in Queensland?
Drilling rates have maintained high levels since the record of 1634 wells drilled in 2013–14 with 700 wells drilled in 2015–16. This was made up of 685 CSG wells and 15 petroleum wells (Figure 3). Of the 685 CSG wells, there were 3 exploration wells, 18 appraisal wells, 663 development wells and one injection well.
How many coal seam gas wells are there in Queensland?
Growth in coal seam gas activities has grown rapidly since then to 11,444 coal seam gas wells in Queensland at the end of the 2018–19 financial year. Coal seam gas is natural gas (mostly methane) sourced from coal deposits (coal seams), which are typically 400 to 1,000 metres underground.
What is co-coal seam gas?
Coal seam gas collects in the coal seams by bonding to the surface of coal particles. The coal seams are generally filled with water, and it is the pressure of the water that keeps the gas as a thin film on the surface of the coal.
What is the purpose of the Queensland coal seam gas audit?
The objective of this audit was to assess how well entities regulate and manage Queensland’s coal seam gas activities and environmental obligations, to ensure a safe, efficient, and viable industry. Most of Queensland’s coal seam gas activity occurs in the state’s agricultural regions.
How is CSG extracted from coal seams?
The coal seams are generally filled with water, and it is the pressure of the water that keeps the gas as a thin film on the surface of the coal. CSG is extracted through wells drilled into coal seams.