Fullerton Cove residents have echoed the concern raised by the NSW Health Department regarding the potential risks to human health from coal seam gas wells just hundreds of meters away. The residents are waiting for a court outcome to determine whether Dart Energy will be allowed to drill in Fullerton Cove just a few hundred meters away from a number of residential properties.
Dart Energy the proponent were only required to complete a Review of the Environmental Factors rather than a full Environmental Impacts Assessment. The REF did not assess the potential health impacts of the proposal.
“There is evidence of major health impacts from CSG. In Queensland, residents near CSG projects have suffered nose bleeds and skin rashes, and other symptoms. Surely, we deserve a study on the health impacts of CSG. We need some answers.”
Lindsay Clout of the Fullerton Cove Residents Action Group stated “Everyone in Fullerton Cove relies on the local groundwater for our domestic use. If Dart are allowed in Fullerton Cove, they would be drilling so close to us that we have huge fears about our water being contaminated. There has been no assessment of these risks, and no guarantee it won’t happen.”
“What would happen to our air quality? There is strong evidence in Queensland of major methane leakage from CSG mines. During westerly winds we would be directly downwind of flared gas wells.”
“The NSW Government needs to freeze on this proposal until the comprehensive health study recommended by NSW Health is completed. There is just too much at stake.”
For further comment or interview please contact: Lindsay Clout, Fullerton Cove Residents Action Group, 0437 300 377.