GAS WATCH 7
19 March, 2007
Water table in danger
GAS WATCH 7.
What will happen to our water tables and water ways if something goes wrong with gas drilling.
Sydney Gas told a meeting of the Broke Fordwich Tourist Association that it didn’t expect any problems “unless there was a failure.”
Does this mean “if there is a failure there will be problems.”?
Those problems could be that the water tables that feed into the Wollombi Brook could be diminished or contaminated; and that the Wollombi Brook itself, our agricultural life blood, could be diminished or lost.
Sydney Gas say that there is a very, very low to miniscule risk that anything like this could happen with a penetration of the water table. But they are proposing 320 penetrations of the water table.
And what if it does happen! What if the water is lost or contaminated! What does this mean for the villages and farms of Broke and Bulga?
Sydney Gas is required to put up a token $15,000 bond to cover the rectification of problems that occur. This will pay for nothing. You can’t put the water table or Brook back for any amount of money.
Neville Wran, a former premier of NSW, is reported to have said in a radio interview in 2005 when asked about Sydney Gas then proposing to drill through the water tables in the Wyong Shire “No-body can look you in the eye and say there is not a possibility of contamination; that there is not the possibility of reducing the level of the water table.”
DO NOT LET SYDNEY GAS ONTO YOUR PROPERTY.