To better understand the biodegradation of certain chemical compounds used in onshore gas production in the south-east of South Australia.

This project aims to provide information about which chemical compounds are degraded by microbes living in the soils and subsurface aquifers, and the impact on these microbial communities. This data can be used to assess the health of an ecosystem.

Reports and journals

An estimation of chemical compound concentrations used in onshore gas production, a review of their degradation, and associated policy frameworks in South Australia PDF 1 MB

This milestone report sets the scene for the overall project by estimating compound concentrations of selected chemicals, reviewing past findings on their degradation propensities and listing associated policy frameworks.

The project aims to examine the microbial degradation of 28 previously identified hazardous chemical compounds associated with onshore gas activities.

This report fulfills task 1: providing a literature and policy review. It sets the scene for the overall study by estimating compound concentrations of the 28 selected chemicals, reviewing past findings on their degradation propensities and listing associated policy frameworks.

The remaining tasks for the project comprise sample collection (Task 2), experimental microbiology work (Tasks 3-4), DNA profiling (Task 5), and final reporting (Task 6).

This is one of six projects underway in SA, and one of our first assessments of chemical breakdown of hydraulic fracturing fluids.

Literature review, April 2019.

Project progress

This project is approximately 50% complete.

Project proposal PDF 997 KB

A detailed description of the project, budget and research milestones.

Project order, September 2018.

Progress report PDF 551 KB

The project outline, any variations and research progress.

Progress report, March 2019.

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