This theme addresses the key issue of community concern, regarding, threats arising from the use and potential spill of chemicals used in fraccing fluids, to public health through the cross contamination of drinking water supplies as a result of the interconnection of aquifers and surface waters. Particular attention will be paid to the unique Australian ecosystems in the priority bioregions (announced by the Minister in March 2012 - Coal seam gas expert scientific committee legislation introduced). Research will also focus on occupational health and safety, public health, drinking water and ecotoxicity.
|Project Title||Project Description|
|Critical science review -
|Hydraulic fracturing (fraccing) techniques, including chemicals, risks, toxicology and ecotoxicology reporting.|
|National assessment of chemicals associated with coal seam gas extraction||This project aims to develop an understanding of the occupational, public health and environmental risks associated with chemicals either used in or mobilised by hydraulic fracturing for coal seam gas in an Australian context, providing an evidence base for determining the appropriate management framework for these chemicals as part of the broader management of coal seam gas activities.|