About this document
It is important to understand what coal seam gas extraction means for human health and the environment. Coal seam gas extraction is closely regulated by state and the Commonwealth governments, which legally require protective measures to be in place to safeguard health and the environment. While the exact requirements vary by jurisdiction, this regulatory framework applies to all aspects of the industry, including the handling and use of chemicals throughout the extraction process.
To increase the knowledge base about chemicals used in the industry and in recognition of the scientific and community interest in the risks of this chemical use, the Australian Government commissioned the National assessment of chemicals associated with coal seam gas extraction in Australia in June 2012.
This document provides a summary of the approach and findings of the reports that make up the National assessment of chemicals associated with coal seam gas extraction in Australia (the Assessment).
What the findings mean for: