Archive for March, 2014
Vanessa Mills and Ben Collins
Buru Energy is at odds with advice provided to the WA State Parliament by the Department of Mines and Petroleum. The company has questioned the basis of the Department’s claim that a retention pond associated with a gas well, overflowed last year.
The claims were made in response to questions in the WA Parliament by Greens MLC Robin Chapple. Mr Chapple lodged questions with notice about retention ponds around Buru Energy’s tight gas wells, Yulleroo 3 and 4. The ponds are intended to retain drill cuttings and store water from the wells drilled over two kilometres into the rocks of the Canning Basin, around 70 kilometres inland from Broome.
Ben Collins and Vanessa Mills
New research is revealing how North Australian rivers support more fish than would seem possible. Surgically implanted tracking devices are showing how barramundi make ends meet.
Charles Darwin University’s Associate Professor David Crook, has perfected the art of surgically implanting fish with small radio tracking devices.
The West Australian Government has ruled out a ban on fracking for shale gas near public drinking water. The WA Water Corporation has called for fracking to be prohibited in or near public water supplies because of concerns the fracturing of rock to release natural gas could contaminate water.
Plans for a pilot exploration fracking program in Western Australia’s Kimberley region have prompted Indigenous people and environmentalists to fight for an outright ban on the controversial method of accessing shale gas in the area.
Oil and gas company Buru Energy plans to begin the pilot, which will involve the hydraulic fracturing of four wells in the Canning Basin, east of Broome, in May, subject to final environmental approval.
The fracking process involves fracturing shale and other hard rock, between 2.5km and 4km underground, to release the shale gas.
It has caused controversy in the United States where opponents claim it has contaminated local water supplies.