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Banned Carcinogenic Chemicals Found in Surat Basin Wells

In routine testing done by Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) traces of four toxic chemicals benzene, xylene, ethylbenzene and toluene were found in their wells.

Company spokesman Paul Zealand says it is a mystery how the chemicals got there as the products that they use do not contain these chemicals.

This has led to renewed cries to scrap testing for the extraction of coal seam gas in southern Queensland. The cancer causing chemicals were found in eight exploration wells. These hydraulic fractured wells were located in the Surat Basin near Miles. Environmentalists are now calling for a moratorium on coal seam gas projects everywhere.

The Australia Pacific LNG project has been suspended as of now while the state government has requested for some independent testing to be carried out. BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene) is the same chemical group that infiltrated Cougar Energy's underground coal gasification site in Kingaroy earlier this year.

Drew Hutton the spokesperson for Friends of the Earth, an environmental group, said that the government was allowing an uncontrolled experiment on the environment by approving such coal seam gas drilling. He wanted the drilling to be suspended till impact of the process was determined.

Joel Scanlon

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Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, content production, design, animation, database and networking, software, and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.

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