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

Navi, Maryam, Skelly, Chris, Taulis, Maurico and Nasiri, Shahram (2014) Coal seam gas water: potential hazards and exposure pathways in Queensland. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 25 2: 162-183. doi:10.1080/09603123.2014.915018

Author Navi, Maryam
Skelly, Chris
Taulis, Maurico
Nasiri, Shahram
Title Coal seam gas water: potential hazards and exposure pathways in Queensland
Journal name International Journal of Environmental Health Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0960-3123
Publication date 2014-03-23
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09603123.2014.915018
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 162
End page 183
Total pages 22
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Abstract 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.
Keyword Coal seam gas water
Exposure pathways
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 23 May 2014.

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