Greens express concern for Minister’s health
16 September 2014
The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today expressed his concern for the health of Resources and Energy Minister, Anthony Roberts, after the Minister admitted that he drank coal seam gas waste water contaminated with heavy metals and petroleum hydrocarbons. Mr Roberts drank the water at Santos’ Narrabri project, claiming it tasted like “Bondi Surf”.
Question on Notice: (Returned 12 September)
- Mr JEREMY BUCKINGHAM: What chemicals, heavy metals or other pollutants were in that water (Santos’ Narrabri coal seam gas project pond water) you drank?
The following chemicals, heavy metals and other pollutants were in the water I drank:
- Petroleum hydrocarbons – NO BTEX
“I’m very concerned for Mr Robert’s health. Coal seam gas waste water can contain serious contaminants, which is why so many people are concerned about the industry,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“A court recently ordered the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to release reports that documented 243 cases of water well contamination due to drilling and fracking for unconventional gas.
“The Greens wish Mr Roberts well, and urge him to be less reckless when consuming industrial waste.”
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