APPEA releases fracking data

FRACKING - or fracture stimulation - has been used 144 times since January 2011, according to the peak body for the Australian gas industry.

The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association released quarterly data this week spanning January to March 2012, but showing its level of activity since the start of last year.

The data states the coal-seam gas industry now have 3403 gas wells across the state, of which 2177 will produce gas to sell. The remainder are described as "exploration/pilot/appraisal" wells, or test cases.

Since the start of 2012, the industry has done 33 "fracture stimulations" - better known as fracking - helping to build its total to 144.

The industry has produced 20,143ML of water from its extractions - one megalitre equated to one million litres.

The data stated there were no "formal disputes of access" from working with property owners to enter their land for the mining.

Of the 2742 who have signed land access agreements since the start of 2011, 180 were signed in the first four months of 2012.

APPEA Chief Operating Officer eastern region Rick Wilkinson a Brisbane conference this week gas extraction and farming can exist together.

"We are seeing extraordinary economic growth in Queensland where all stakeholders are binding together to support an industry that, in return, is providing so much benefit to regional areas," he said.


Coal-seam gas peak body APPEA has released its quarterly Queensland statistics. From Jan 2011 to Mar 2012, the Queensland coal-seam gas industry:

  • developed 3403 active gas wells
  • Conducted fracture stimulations (fracking) 144 times.
  • Produced 20,143ML of water - 1ML = one million litres
  • Signed 2742 land access agreements
  • Employed 12,113 workers, both directly and as contractors.
  • Donated $70.1 million to communities.

Topics:  coal seam gas fracking

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