The shock analysis of Jolly 1 (Penola) water was no surprise to the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance they said today. Information meetings have been held around the Limestone Coast by concerned citizens, especially since drilling began at Penola, with a protest held on the steps of Parliament House Adelaide earlier this year. Mitch Williams Member for McKillop assured us that he had yet to see any evidence to cause any concerns about the proposed drilling.
Anne Daw said today:– The Limestone Coast Protection Alliance managed to obtain the waste water analysis of the holding pond of Jolly 1 well done for Beach Energy Ltd. by Australian Laboratory Services. Water quality testing data has shown this water contains high levels of salt, heavy metals and other contaminants such as phenols and polyaromatic hydrocarbons. On page two of the analysis, it was stated that for one of the samples tested, there was a high level of contaminants.
At Beach Energy open day, the following feedback was reported on the pond water. Beach Energy advised that the quantity of water required for each frack was the size of two Olympic swimming pools. Research shows this would be around 5 million litres. Trials are being undertaken, with the pond waste water on farmers’ land with the EPA. According to a document from Beach Energy, it has been proposed that drilling waters, after settling of solids, be disposed of by spray irrigation in the local area. Also Beach Energy would use portable dams for fracking water, and risk transporting water on to the next job.
In New Zealand, in the Taranaki area, because dairy farmers allowed fracking waste water on their land, (known as land farming) the Fonterra milk company were spending $80,000 p.a. for testing contamination. This became too expensive and Fonterra no longer takes any milk from new areas of land farming. Farmers in the South East are concerned about contamination and the requirement to fill out the National Vendors Declaration.
Coal Seam Gas ‘treated water’ was released into the Condamine River. 13 contaminants were found in the river, including boron, silver, chlorine, copper, cadmium cyanide and zinc.
The Jolly 1 waste water was compared to levels recommended for the Australian Drinking Water standards, which showed high levels of potassium and virtually no calcium and magnesium. There are elevated levels of metals above the recommended drinking water guidelines for arsenic, barium (20 x recommended level), chromium, manganese, nickel and lead. The water also contains trace amounts of organic substances, including phenol, phenanthrene, fluroanthrene and chrysene. Some of these substances are known to cause cancer.
This information was provided by Anne Daw of LCPA.