Coal seam gas water : potential hazards and exposure pathways in Queensland

Navi, Maryam, Skelly, Chris, Taulis, Mauricio, & Nasiri, Shahram (2014) Coal seam gas water : potential hazards and exposure pathways in Queensland. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 25(2), pp. 162-183.

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The extraction of coal seam gas (CSG) produces large volumes of potentially contaminated water. It has raised concerns about the environmental health impacts of the co-produced CSG water. In this paper, we review CSG water contaminants and their potential health effects in the context of exposure pathways in Queensland’s CSG basins. The hazardous substances associated with CSG water in Queensland include fluoride, boron, lead and benzene. The exposure pathways for CSG water are:

(1) water used for municipal purposes,

(2) recreational water activities in rivers,

(3) occupational exposures,

(4) water extracted from contaminated aquifers, and;

(5) indirect exposure through the food chain.

We recommend mapping of exposure pathways into communities in CSG regions to determine the potentially exposed populations in Queensland. Future efforts to monitor chemicals of concern and consolidate them into a central database will build the necessary capability to undertake a much needed environmental health impact assessment.

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ID Code: 72270
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: 050299, 111705
DOI: 10.1080/09603123.2014.915018
ISSN: 1369-1619
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified (050299)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2014 23:30
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2015 03:38

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