Camden Gas Project

LachlanS
AGL Employee
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DanCamden
Semiconductor
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Hi there,

 

How many wells have been decommissioned in the Camden Gas Project area in 2019-2020? Please give me a list of the wells decommissioned.

 

Thanks

 

Dan

LachlanS
AGL Employee
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Thanks for your question Dan.

 

We are happy to report that we are on track to progressively decommission wells and rehabilitate sites at Camden prior to ceasing production in 2023.

 

In FY 19 (July 2018 – June 2018), 9 wells were decommissioned.

In FY 20 (July 2019 – June 2020), 14 wells were decommissioned.

 

More information about the decommissioned wells is outlined in the AGL Camden Gas Project 2019-2020 Annual Environmental Performance Report available on our website www.agl.com.au/camden  

 

Cheers,

Lachlan

DanCamden
Semiconductor
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Thanks Lachlan,

 

Out of the 144 wells drilled in the Camden Gas Project how many have now been decommissioned? 

LachlanS
AGL Employee
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Hi @DanCamden ,

 

Thanks for the follow up. So far 62 wells have been decommissioned.

 

Cheers,

Lachlan

DanCamden
Semiconductor
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Hi there,

 

Will AGL be monitoring the coal seam gas wells they decommission in the Camden Gas Project to see if they are leaking dangerous gases into the community for the next thirty years? Or will you just cease to have any responsibility after 2023?

 

Thanks

 

 

LachlanS
AGL Employee
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Hi @DanCamden

 

The government regulators for gas wells in NSW are:

  • Lead regulator for gas in NSW is NSW EPA; and
  • NSW Dept Planning Industry & Environment – Mining, Exploration and Geoscience


Work activities on the wells are undertaken with a high level of regulatory oversight by the NSW Government’s Division of Resources and Energy and the NSW EPA as lead regulator, and to standards set in the NSW Government’s Code of Practice for Coal Seam Gas.

 

AGL provide a financial security bond to the NSW government for our existing NSW gas wells against all future rehabilitation requirements at the sites.

 

When the wells are decommissioned at the end of their life cycle, the government regulators approve and monitor each stage of this process.

 

Once the government regulators are satisfied that this has been completed to set standards, and the surface has been rehabilitated to the satisfaction of the landowner and NSW EPA, the government regulators inform AGL when no further works are required and AGL can relinquish ownership of the former gas well site and receive the bond back for that particular well. The former gas well site is then tracked by the government regulators.

 

Please see attached factsheets from the government regulators that explain how they regulate, and who is responsible for, the gas well industry in NSW.

 

https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/-/media/epa/corporate-site/resources/licensing/19p1963-safeguarding-envir...

 

https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/-/media/epa/corporate-site/resources/licensing/gas-site-rehabilitation-16...

 

Kind regards,

Lachlan

DanCamden
Semiconductor
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Is it true that AGL Upstream Investments Pty Ltd (near Camden) have applied to part cancel their petroleum production lease (PPL4) at Menangle Park?

 

Is this due to the fact that AGL’s active gas wells in PPL4 have been inundated with water for the best part of a month.

 

Has AGL been monitoring any pollution from AGL’s gas wells and water holding tanks spilling into the Nepean River during these floods?

 

AGL need to decommission all of their gas wells across their Camden Gas Project immediately.

 

Here is some drone footage of PPL 4 from 4 weeks ago during the first flood. The more recent flood at Menangle Park was even worse. AGL’s wells between Menangle Raceway and the Nepean River

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are completely under water.  https://youtu.be/DfxZkDvLxTU

 

LachlanS
AGL Employee
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Hi @DanCamden

 

In 2016, AGL announced that it would progressively decommission natural gas wells and rehabilitate surface sites at Camden Gas Project, and this process is well underway. AGL also announced that it would cease production from the Camden Gas Project in 2023.

 

Decommissioning of natural gas wells and rehabilitation of surface sites is a highly regulated process in NSW with a high level of oversight from various government regulators. When the wells in a particular area have been decommissioned and surface sites rehabilitated as approved by the NSW EPA, NSW Resources Regulator and NSW Department of Mining, Exploration and Geoscience, AGL will then be able to apply for cancellation of that portion of the applicable petroleum production lease. AGL has commenced this process as part of the progressive decommissioning and rehabilitation of the Camden Gas Project.

 

Thank you for this footage. During the recent flood events, some of AGL’s gas well locations were underwater. These wells were not active currently and had previously been shut-in with gas and watertight valves prior to water levels reaching this height.

 

No pollution from AGL’s gas wells has occurred during the flood event. The gas wells at locations that went underwater were not active at this time and had been shut-in with gas and watertight valves prior to water levels reaching this height. There were no water holding tanks at these sites.