CSG mining causes cancer, experts warn

Coal seam gas (CSG) mining can cause cancer and harm unborn babies, according to a group of medical experts giving evidence to a Senate committee. The six experts,  say the state’s ban on the use of cancer-causing chemicals collectively known as BTEX in CSG mining doesn’t protect the community from health risks.

BTEX chemicals have been used in hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, in the United States and other parts of the world to crack the coal seams and extract the natural gas. “The fracking process itself can release BTEX from natural gas reservoirs, allowing them to escape into aquifers or the surrounding air,” the submission says. Read more…

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