A review of the potential issues associated with using coal seam gas associated water for dust suppression

Bennett, J. McL. and Raine, S. R. (2012) A review of the potential issues associated with using coal seam gas associated water for dust suppression. Discussion Paper. University of Southern Queensland , Toowoomba, Australia. [Report]


Dust generation from trafficking unpaved roads is a major concern in the coal seam gas (CSG) industry, especially in areas where roads run through or border private property, and rural areas where arterial routes are often unpaved. Dust particulate can reduce visibility, deteriorate air quality, cause nuisance to private residents (e.g. settled dust on rooves contaminating tank water) and change soil production and hydraulic properties via pore blockage. To address such safety, social and environmental concerns, a method to abate dust through a change in particulate physical properties is normally sought. Water is the most common method of suppressing dust (Gebhardt et al. 1999). As the Australian CSG industry produces up to 100 GL/yr, with a potential of 280 GL/yr, of by-product water (Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry 2008), there could be both a beneficial use for the water by-product as well as a readily available solution to dust suppression. However, the quality of the water requires consideration.

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Item Type: Report (Discussion Paper)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: NCEA Publication 1004529/12/1. Commercial in Confidence - Material from this publication may not be used unless prior written approval has been obtained from the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2013 04:31
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2017 05:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: CSG; dust pollution; rural roads; water contamination; pore blockage; water byproduct
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0914 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy > 091404 Mineral Processing/Beneficiation
05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050302 Land Capability and Soil Degradation
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960508 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Mining Environments
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21088

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