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EPA is investigating a release of water at Santos Narrabri Gas Field

Media release: 28 March 2014

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is investigating a release of about 500 litres of produced water which entered a diversion drain at the Santos Narrabri Gas Field on Tuesday March 25.

The produced water entered the diversion drain during transfer from an assessment well to a holding pond.

Immediately following the release, the diversion drain was blocked to prevent the produced water leaving the site.

The produced water was captured and returned to the pond.

The EPA is undertaking further investigations.

The Government has designated the EPA the lead regulator of environmental and health issues associated with coal seam gas, and established the Office of Coal Seam Gas in NSW Trade and Investment to regulate other important issues, including petroleum titles, rehabilitation, safety and engineering standards.

Contact: Pamela Wilson

Page last updated: 28 March 2014