Independent baseline testing at Metgasco’s Rosella-1 gas well has been completed. Richmond Valley Council initially championed the need for adequate baseline assessments of existing water levels and quality and air quality 16 months ago, however, the NSW Government failed to respond. Last year, Council called on Metgasco to agree to have independent baseline testing done at its Rosella-1 gas well prior to any drilling starting – over and above the testing and environmental commitments imposed upon the company through its licence and well approval conditions.
After agreement was reached, Council engaged Lismore-based Richmond Water Laboratories to carry out testing within a two-kilometre radius of the well prior to drilling. The information obtained from the baseline assessments will provide the Council, landholders and the general community with valuable information prior to any future gas production taking place. Further testing will be carried out three months after Metgasco ceases operations. All tests results can be found at http://www.richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au/page/Planning__Development/Water_Sampling_-_Certificates_of_Analysis_Rosella_waters/
Media release: Wednesday 2 April 2014