Wells create 'noxious gas'

CAMPBELLTOWN residents are being used as guinea pigs to test what's set to become the first coal seam gas field to operate in a residential area in Australia, says Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

His comment comes after doctors expressed concerns over research from the Southern Cross University which found higher than average methane gas levels around a coal seam gas field in Tara, Queensland.

"This research should send a shudder down the spine of anyone in Campbelltown," Mr Buckingham said.

"It means the people of south-west Sydney could have noxious gases all around them in a matter of months.

"AGL has proposed to put up to 66 more wells and frack coal seam gas in their area.

"Barry O'Farrell is using the residents of Campbelltown, Camden and Liverpool as guinea pigs by turning residential areas into coal seam gas fields and it's completely outrageous."

AGL's revised plans for the Camden Gas Project northern expansion are currently on exhibition until December 18 and the NSW Department of Planning has welcomed submissions.

An AGL Energy spokeswoman said coal seam gas extraction was "a low emissions, low impact and low risk industry".

"AGL uses the best available science and technology to safely explore for and extract the natural gas and to protect the surrounding environment," she said.

"We believe this will continue to be safely done at the proposed northern expansion project, as it has done for the last 10 years at our Camden operations."

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