Condamine River seeps decline, as does activist ammunition

January 12th, 2018

Recent data released by Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG), operated by Origin Energy, has shown the flow of gas from the Condamine River seeps has fallen considerably to the lowest levels recorded.

No doubt a frustrating result for activists, who have promoted the supposed destruction of the Condamine River by CSG operators to promote and enhance their anti-fossil fuel agenda.

Fortunately, data doesn’t lie.

Data from late October 2017 shows a 90% reduction compared to the peak rate recorded in early-2016.

According to APLNG, gas seeps are a naturally occurring phenomenon around the world. The Condamine River seeps are located southwest of Chinchilla in Queensland.

Work to intercept gas migrating towards the river combined with local coal seam gas development to the south is having a positive impact in significantly reducing the seeps.

Origin Energy Regional Manager Tim Ogilvie said that Origin, on behalf of the industry, has been investing in a program of research and monitoring since 2012, engaging independent technical experts and CSIRO and applying their methodologies and recommendations.

“This work pointed to the seeps being part of a geological migration pathway and the potential solution was to intercept and produce the gas before it reaches the river, effectively taking it out of the system,” Tim said.

“In the last 18 months we have expanded our approach to manage and mitigate the seeps – and our efforts appear to be working.”

The Condamine River gas migration issue was first identified in 2012, with a Queensland Government commissioned review finding no conclusive evidence that the seeps were caused by fracking.

The River has been the source of multiple activist attacks over the years, gaining inflated attention after Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham shared footage of him lighting what is purported to be gas on the surface of the river. More on that stunt here, here and here.

The Queensland Government’s review looked at the history of reported issues in the region, noting that gassy bores have been recorded in the area for more than sixty years – well before any coal seam gas development occurred.

But when it comes to activist rationale, the fact that gassy bores pre-dated coal seam gas development in the region doesn’t matter – because it doesn’t support their anti-fossil fuel sentiment.

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