Category Archives: Environmental toxicology

Subjects of interest to Investigative Chemistry or Inorganics.
Includes any environmental context (except AIR, see AIR POLLUTION AND ANALYSIS) example: soil, water, clinical matrices, heavy metals, mining wastes, oil spills, contamination, pesticides.

Activist fears underground CSG fire

Brisbane Times Christine Flatley 2 March 2015

An energy company has denied it is responsible for a reported underground fire in regional Queensland, saying its nearby underground coal gasification plant is no longer operational.

Linc Energy’s Chinchilla plant is located near two private properties that last week returned positive soil sampling tests for carbon monoxide, hydrogen and hydrogen sulphide – three of the four main gases produced through underground coal gasification.

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Queensland’s Department of Environment not ruling out underground fire as cause of gases near Chinchilla

ABC News Mark Willacy 1 March 2015

Queensland’s Department of Environment says it is not ruling out an underground fire as the cause of gases detected just below the soil surface near Chinchilla, on the western Darling Downs.

The department has revealed that preliminary tests carried out last week at two private properties at Hopeland, near Chinchilla, showed a positive result for carbon monoxide, hydrogen and hydrogen sulphide.

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Senators move to give CSG whistleblower air

Sydney Morning Herald Peter Hannam 1 March 2015

Coal seam gas projects worth almost $50 billion are under fresh scrutiny, after allegations of rushed, incomplete approval processes that sidelined possible environmental impacts.

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Queensland farmers hope new reef taskforce does not ruin goodwill

ABC Rural Eliza Rogers 27 Feb. 2015

Cane farmers hope a new taskforce to improve runoff into the Great Barrier Reef does not introduce red tape and spoil goodwill.
The reef now had its own portfolio in the Queensland Labor Government, and its minister is committing $100 million to improving water quality.
A taskforce representing the farming, resources, tourism, conservation and science sectors will review existing programs and advise the State Government on where to direct the funding.

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Support on toxic claims

Townsville Bulletin RACHEL AFFLICK  February 27, 2015

A NEW independent review has backed claims of toxic dust found in inner-city Townsville playgrounds.
Macquarie University Professor of Environmental Sciences Mark Taylor found potentially toxic levels of lead, arsenic, nickel and cadmium in four playgrounds last year, which were possibly caused by dust from ores exported through the port, but his research was rejected by a scientific analysis commissioned by the Port of Townsville earlier this month.
Now, a peer-reviewed journal has published Professor Taylor’s study, backing his contamination claims.
Prof Taylor said his study, published in Science of the Total Environment, had to pass a strict review process.

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Health comes second in the gasfields

Brisbane Times David Shearman February 26, 2015

Doctors are worried by the potential health effects of all forms of unconventional gas mining.
The Senate Inquiry into Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration is considering the approval process for the development of projects for the export of resources.
If all submissions are considered properly, the inquiry should report on the effects of CSG and coal mining.
The Australian Medical Association and Doctors for the Environment Australia share concerns about the rapid expansion of CSG.

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Karreman Quarries accused of illegally dumping chemicals and waste oils at Mount Cotton quarry, company denies allegations

ABC News Mark Willacy and Mark Solomons 25 Feb. 2015

Queensland’s Environment Department has launched an investigation into the alleged illegal dumping of thousands of litres of chemicals and waste oil by one of the state’s biggest quarry operators.
Karreman Quarries is suspected of disposing of the contaminants at the company’s Mount Cotton quarry in 2012.

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