This project will establish processes and governance to ensure research quality, define the project boundary, conduct hazard identification and exposure pathways, and screen data.

This project will identify potential chemical and physical hazards and exposure pathways, assess the quality of existing data, and gaps in the data collected. Key issues will be selected for further in-depth assessment as part of the project to enable the health study framework to be demonstrated in its entirety.

Research update Investigating the potential health impacts of coal seam gas September 2018

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Cameron Huddlestone-Holmes: This project is the first comprehensive study of the potential health impacts of coal seam gas activities in Australia.

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Sharon Grant: So, what we’re trying to ascertain is whether there are any human health impact from chemical and physical hazards related to coal seam gas activities.

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Andrea Walton: We’ve got three sort of committees that we’re going to have to sort of help that process.

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We’ve got one committee which is a local stakeholder reference group. We’re also having a technical reference group and then we’re going to have what we call an oversight committee.

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So, this is going to be a really important study for Australian unconventional gas.

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Sharon Grant: Once we’ve established that we will go into an identification phase where we try to look for complete exposure pathways, where a chemical or a physical hazard might be emitted from the activities as industry and actually move through the environment and impact a person.

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So, that might involve putting out some monitors, some monitoring devices, some samplers, to collect more information.

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There may be modelling involved.
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Andrea Walton: We want to produce a project that is not only scientifically robust and of very high quality, but we want it to be really trusted.

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Cameron Huddlestone-Holmes: The outcomes of this research will help to inform Government and industry about how they can carry out their activities to minimise any potential health impacts should there be any.

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Sharon Grant: At every point in the project we can actually go back to the committees and say, “This is what we’ve found”, “This is what we’re proposing to do next” if we want to shine light on this process and bring our stakeholders along with us on this journey to understand some of the answers that people are looking for.
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Potential health impacts from coal seam gas

 

Project progress

This project is approximately 15% complete.

Project proposal PDF 666 KB

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

Project order, May 2018

Progress report PDF 893 KB

The project outline, any variations and research progress.

Progress report, December 2018.

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