Allegations unfit CSG water was dumped in river

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The Queensland Government is investigating claims it allowed treated coal seam gas water laced with heavy metals to be dumped into the Condamine River.

An ABC Radio investigation claims the state’s environment department approved the dump based on drinking water standards and not stricter environmental standards.

Environment minister Vicky Darling told the ABC her department would launch an investigation into the claims.

She said the department’s environmental standards were always high and any deviation from them needed to be examined.

“Our guidelines are very strict and if there are any allowances that vary from that, that’s something I’ll look into,” she said.

Darling said reinjecting treated CSG water back into the earth was the department’s preferred method of dealing with the water.

She said the Government would be releasing a CSG water policy this Thursday that would outline how QLD was managing the industry and its effect on water.

The Condamine River in southeast QLD forms part of the Murray-Darling Basin, and the water dumping claims have angered Western Downs Mayor Ray Brown.

Brown told the ABC any negative impacts on the local environment or community caused by the rapidly expanding industry were unacceptable.

“We don’t want any community or any part of our environment suffering from any disposal from organisations or companies,” he said.

The APPEA says it is investing large sums of money on water treatment plants to make CSG water environmentally safe.

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