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Environment Protection Authority

EPA inspection finds no gas leaks from flooded gas wells near Camden

Media release: 10 June 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) identified no gas leaking from wells during its inspection of AGL’s Camden Gas Project on Wednesday.

Officers inspected a total of 12 gas wells located in the flood affected areas of Menangle Park, Glenlee and near the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute.

Testing was carried at wells in the Menangle Park area where bubbling had been observed by members of the community.

The EPA detected no methane leaks during monitoring.

AGL advised the EPA that approximately 7,500 litres of produced water was potentially released after floodwater dislodged three storage tanks. The tanks remained within the boundary of the site.

The EPA has considered the impact of this volume of produced water on the flood water that was present in the catchment at the time and considers the environmental impact to be low.

As produced water should not be released to the environment at AGL’s Camden site, the EPA will be conducting a review of AGL’s flood management procedures in line with the EPA’s lead regulatory role under the NSW Gas Plan.

The EPA has requested AGL to provide regular updates as the flood water recedes and the wells are gradually brought back into operation.

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Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 10 June 2016