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Environment Protection Authority

EPA commences prosecution against AGL

Media release: 13 June 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has commenced a prosecution in the Land and Environment Court against AGL Upstream Investments Pty Ltd after waste water allegedly escaped during the June 2016 floods.
 
The Nepean River flooded in June 2016 following heavy rain. This led to the inundation of, and damage to, equipment at AGL’s Camden Gas Project, including in the Menangle Park area.

The EPA alleges that three produced water tanks, which were about the size of a household rainwater tank, were washed away during the flood event and the tank contents, which were in total about 7,000 litres of produced water, escaped into the flood waters.

There is no evidence suggesting that the incident caused harm to the environment.

The EPA will allege that knowing a flood was likely, AGL did not take steps prior to the flood to move the produced water tanks to higher ground or to empty the produced water tanks.

The matter is listed before the Land and Environment Court on 14 July 2017.

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 13 June 2017