CSG water disposal controls

The Queensland Government has introduced new rules for the treatment of water produced via coal seam gas extraction.

The Queensland Government has introduced new rules for the treatment of water produced via coal seam gas extraction.

The water that is currently produced during the extraction process has a high salt content; the new water management procedures will require treatment of the water so it can be re-used for agriculture and industrial processes.

Salt removed from the water will also have to be effectively managed.

The coal seam gas industry has a range of different options available from the Government as to what constitutes effective management of the salt and brine, from it being chemically treated or reprocessed to create products such as soda ash through to the less desirable disposal of the brine into a waste facility.

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