Assessing the exposure of identified chemicals used in the coal seam gas (CSG) activities in the Surat Basin, Queensland

August 23rd, 2023

Improving the understanding of the potential presence, distribution and exposure of identified chemicals associated with CSG activities in the Surat Basin, in southern Queensland.

There is no evidence of concerning exposure levels in the study area, but there is a need for more research. Through desktop study and field work, the study will assess potential hazards of chemicals associated with CSG operations.

This fact sheet describes how CSIRO researchers will identify the chemicals that may present a potential hazard to the community. They will then run tests on these chemicals to see how readily they biodegrade.

For any chemicals that do not readily biodegrade, researchers will undertake exposure assessments, and propose potential management options. All results will be publicly available.