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A video recently posted online by a NSW Greens MP who opposes natural gas production claims that gas industry operations have caused bubbling in south-west Queensland’s Condamine River.

This accusation is not supported by scientific or historical evidence.  Bubbling gas in the Condamine River pre-dates gas production activity in the area.  The natural gas industry strongly supports further research into this phenomenon.

Some facts about gas seeps and bubbles in the Condamine River

Fact 1: Natural gas seepage in parts of the Condamine River is not new – according to local knowledge it goes back at least 30 years.

Fact 2: The coals beneath the Condamine River naturally contain methane gas and are much closer to the surface than is normally the case.

Fact 3: Following an investigation into Condamine River gas seeps, the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines said in 2012: “…there is no safety risk or evidence of environmental harm occurring in the immediate area from the Condamine River gas seeps”.  (Source: https://www.dnrm.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/119669/condamine-river-gas-seep.pdf).

Fact 4: Following 2.5 years of research into Condamine River gas seeps, the CSIRO stated: “the work has looked at the environmental impact in that area and it shows no impact whatsoever.” (Source: http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/gas-seeping-from-condamine-river-poses-no-threat-says-csiro/news-story/a5d03e36626644b87eeccaab9710e37b ).

For more information, see this fact sheet.