Brisbane Times Tony Moore 22 October 2014
Brisbane, you have a drinking problem.
The release of the 2014 Healthy Waterways report card contains the same major water supply lesson for Southeast Queensland that it did last year.
And the year before.
Sydney Morning Herald October 15, 2014 Peter Trute
Australians are likely to drink recycled water at some point in the future, with a new report showing industry professionals overwhelmingly support reusing treated sewage to ensure supplies remain secure.
Water experts are also worried about the rise of coal seam gas, with most saying they believe CSG will pose a challenge in managing water resources. Continue reading…
(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health 7 October 2014) A new study suggests that drops of fuel spilled at gas stations — which occur frequently with fill-ups — could cumulatively be causing long-term environmental damage to soil and groundwater in residential areas in close proximity to the stations.
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The Guardian Stuart Khan 14 October 2014
Water stressed cities are importing water and investing in desalination plants. Could treating sewage plant wastewater offer a local, energy-efficient way of securing water supply? An alternative opportunity is to reclaim the water that we discharge from sewage treatment plants and treat that to a quality suitable for safe human consumption.
Dr Stuart Khan is associate professor at the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales
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AWA E-News, 7 October 2014
The Chief Scientist & Engineer has released the final report from her 19-month independent review of coal seam gas activities in New South Wales. The report presents the findings of Professor Mary O’Kane’s independent Review, as well as 16 recommendations to Government. Overall, the Review found many of the technical challenges and risks posed by the CSG industry can in general be managed through careful designation of areas appropriate for CSG extraction; high standards of engineering and professionalism in CSG companies; creation of a State Whole-of Environment Data Repository; comprehensive monitoring of CSG operations with ongoing scrutiny of collected data, a well-trained and certified workforce; and applying new technologies as they become available.
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Download NSW Government’s Final Report of the Independent Review of Coal Seam Gas Activities in NSW Sept 2014
APPEA (Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association) said the report released by the New South Wales Chief Scientist should give the green light to the responsible development of the state’s natural gas resources.
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Lock The Gate Alliance said the NSW Chief Scientist has highlighted serious risks from coal seam gas mining, including to human health and water supplies, vindicating strongly held concerns of communities across NSW.
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Brisbane Times October 1, 2014
Increased pollution levels still classified as “safe” will kill 6000 Australians, a Queensland pollution expert has warned.
ABC News Tim Lamacraft 25 September 2014
The New South Wales Government is extending its ban on new coal seam gas (CSG) exploration licence applications for another year. NSW Energy and Resources Minister Anthony Roberts said the freeze on licences would be extended by another year, allowing the Office of Coal Seam Gas (OCSG) to complete its “comprehensive examination” of current licences and applications and giving the Government more time to assess the application process.