Gas safety answered, for now
THE safety and dangers of the coal seam gas (CSG) to liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry from the Surat Basin to Gladstone have constantly been questioned.
From the distance from the LNG plants to the depth of the pipeline, ground water contamination and shipping protocols, many people and organisations have raised concerns as to what danger does the CSG to LNG industry pose to the community’s safety.
There are many critics and supporters of the potential for CSG to be used to feed the LNG export market.
Some believe the handful of projects proposed for Gladstone will prove uneconomic and is only a short term solution to Australia’s energy needs, while others believe it will produce an economic windfall and be the interim to a greener future.
Federal Resource and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson told The Observer in July that the LNG industry is part of a strategy to secure Australia’s energy future and dependence on imported fuels and it is expected the Federal Environmental Minister Tony Burke is only days away from an environmental assessment decision for Curtis Island.
By all and every indication, the LNG industry is going ahead in Australia and in Gladstone.
In other words, the state and federal governments including the Australian people, haven’t really got a choice if they want to move into the 21st Century and supply their energy needs.
So, how safe really is the CSG to LNG industry? Will the city of Gladstone be destroyed if there is an accident on Curtis Island? Can the pipeline blow up? Or, will the LNG ships follow safety protocols?
These questions The Observer will try to answer. However, as the LNG industry evolves so will our knowledge.
The Observer, not just now but into the future, will be investigating safety issues surrounding the CSG to LNG industry.
The difficulty is that this industry is new and much of the information can be contradictory. Today’s articles will only touch the surface of what’s to come.