The Facts (about natural gas and fracture stimulation in South Australia)
TNR recently wrote letters to the Border Watch, the Stock Journal and InDaily, promoting the recent guide produced by the SA Government and Department of State Development (DSD). The guide is available as a booklet (see image of front cover below) or online on the DSD website.
The letter to the Border Watch was published and is copied below:
“I write to inform your readers of an important new initiative by the SA Govt and the Department of State Development (DSD) in launching ‘The Facts about natural gas and fracture stimulation’ public information guide. It is easy to follow and sets out the history of fracture stimulation in SA, its impact upon the environment, and the regulatory oversight by the DSD.
The new guide was launched last week by the Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis, and is aimed at providing information about the fracking process, its application and the impacts it has on the environment.
Basically fracking in SA has been carried out in the NE of the State (the Cooper Basin) since 1969, with more than 700 wells being fracked. During this time there has been is no evidence of adverse impacts on aquifers within the Great Artesian Basin and other shallower aquifers as a result fracture stimulation operations. In fact, pastoralists in the Cooper Basin have achieved organic certification for their beef cattle which, given the heavy reliance on bore water in such a region, surely demonstrates that the aquifers are not contaminated.
In regard to the South East of SA, no fracking has been proposed for the South East, and prior to any well operations being approved, appropriate baseline studies must be undertaken.
Until a proposal is made and the regulatory process (which is contained in the guide) is followed to demonstrate how all significant risks (done with consultation with the relevant stakeholders) will be avoided, fracking is not permitted in the South East of SA (despite fracking not contaminating aquifers in the NE of the State).
The guide has a lot more information and is very informative, and I recommend that your readers spend some time accessing the new information guide which can be readily found on the DSD web site.