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    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Andrew Cripps

    Remediation work successful at coal exploration well

    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Andrew Cripps

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    Remediation work successful at coal exploration well

    A coal exploration test hole on the Darling Downs that had been the site of a slow-burning fire has been successfully stabilised and capped, Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andrew Cripps, announced today.

    The Department of Natural Resources and Mines’ Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate advised Minister Cripps of the completion of the operation north-west of Dalby this morning.

    Mr Cripps said his Department had been working with local resource companies to remediate the site after a slow-burning fire was discovered 10 days ago.

    “I am pleased to announce that the final sealing and abandonment process has been completed at the site,” Mr Cripps said.

    “The site will continue to be monitored for any gas leaks for a day or two, and then final arrangements for rehabilitation of the site will be put in place.”

    The fire at the surface of the bore was extinguished on Friday 24 August 2012 after water was pumped into the hole from a water tanker.

    The site was then monitored for 24 hours while the bore and surrounding area was allowed to cool.

    On Sunday 26 August, work crews encased the test bore in concrete, and a concrete collar was laid around the surface of the hole.

    Mr Cripps said he was pleased with the work his Department had achieved with the assistance of the resource companies involved.

    “I would like to thank Peabody Coal, Arrow Energy, Easternwell and Linc Energy for their cooperation in ensuring this work was undertaken safely and efficiently,” Mr Cripps said.

    “The Queensland Government acted swiftly to ensure there were no safety concerns for the public from the fire in the exploration test hole, and as a result, the 32-year-old abandoned coal exploration test bore, and the surrounding area, is now safe and stable.”

    [ENDS] 28 August 2012

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