Category Archives: Water analysis – Non-biological contamination

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Barium leaches directly from fracked rocks, Dartmouth team finds

(Dartmouth College 24 May 2016) Dartmouth College researchers are shedding light on the early chemical reactions in the organic sediments that would ultimately become the Marcellus Shale, a major source of natural gas and petroleum.

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Following tricky triclosan

(American Society of Agronomy 25 May 2016) Most US homes are full of familiar household products with an ingredient that fights bacteria: triclosan. Most of the triclosan is removed in waste water treatment plants. However, a US Geological Survey found the antibacterial in nearly 58 percent of freshwater streams. What does that mean for the food and soil irrigated with water from streams?

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Defence ignoring Oakey ‘toxic water’: Xenophon

Brisbane Times AAP 29 May 2016

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has taken his campaign into the southern Queensland seat of Groom, calling for Defence to stop ignoring Oakey’s “toxic water nightmare”.  Senator Xenophon says the Department of Defence must pay for regular blood testing of residents and compensate landholders following a collapse in property values, as well as those with health issues.

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Oakey residents told contaminated land is worthless  (Courier Mail 28 May 2016)

Health Minister slams Defence response to Oakey contamination  (Courier Mail 28 May 2016)

HEALTH Minister Cameron Dick has slammed the Defence Department for suggesting state health authorities should pay for Oakey residents to have blood tests, saying it was the department’s “mess to clean up”.

Defence this week refused to facilitate further tests for distressed residents, despite the department’s direct involvement in the leaching of hazardous chemicals into more than half the town.

Former Linc Energy head ordered to clean up site of controversial gas project

ABC News Mark Willacy 26 May 2016

The Queensland Environment Department has issued an Environmental Protection Order (EPO) to the former chief executive of Linc Energy, Peter Bond, ordering him to clean up the site of the company’s controversial underground gas project near Chinchilla.

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Oakey groundwater contaminated by army aviation base chemicals

The Courier Mail May 27, 2016

DISTRESSED residents of a rural Queensland town are pleading with the Defence Department to urgently subsidise blood tests for the region, after new test results showed alarmingly high toxicity levels in their underground water supply.
The town of Oakey – 159km west of Brisbane – has been battling with contamination of the town’s bore water system from the use of toxic firefighting foam at the local army aviation centre between 1970 and 2005.

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WA Government urged to fix contaminated water supplies in remote Indigenous communities

ABC News Erin Parke 23 May 2016

Residents in remote WA communities have urged the State Government to fix their drinking water supplies, some of which have been contaminated with deadly bacteria and chemicals for decades.  The extent of the problem was detailed in an auditor-general’s report released in May last year.

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AWA North Queensland Regional Conference

Securing Our Water Future: Ensuring sustainable water supply, environmental management, and economic development in North QLD. Townsville 21 & 22 July 2016

The program will present a broad range of papers relating to drought and water security, nutrient runoff, the Great Barrier Reef impacts, significance of point and non-point sources, northern Australia development, collaboration and operational and maintenance concerns for water utilities and other organisations. More than 100 delegates are expected for this important regional event.

Call for Papers / Registration   (Note: FSS is a member of the AWA)