Arrow Energy to permanently seal CSG wells in Scenic Rim

An Arrow Energy advertisement appeared in the Beaudesert Times advising of the planned well rehabilitation.
An Arrow Energy advertisement appeared in the Beaudesert Times advising of the planned well rehabilitation.

COAL seam gas (CSG) mining company Arrow Energy will permanently seal off its 10 remaining exploration wells in Scenic Rim, with work set to start next Thursday, May 21 and continue until August.

The decommissioning of the 10 wells means the company will no longer have any exploration wells in Scenic Rim under its Authority to Prospect (ATP) 644 and ATP 641.

The wells include three at Josephville, two near Beaudesert, one near Swanbank, three near Silverdale and one near Innisplain.

A spokesman for Arrow Energy refused to say the exact location of the wells because they are on private property.

Gelita general manager Tony Wise confirmed three of the wells being capped were at the Josephville animal rendering plant.

"It'll look like a drill rig but it's not - it's actually pumping concrete down the well to totally seal it forever," he said.

"The most important thing is people don't think it's actually a drill rig."

Arrow Energy has drilled a total of 31 exploration and appraisal wells in Scenic Rim under ATP 644 and 641.

It also previously held ATP 791 over the western side of the region before it withdrew a renewal application for the permit in 2012.

An Arrow Energy spokesman said the company did not have any more wells in Scenic Rim.

"These are the final wells in the Scenic Rim - all others have been previously sealed and rehabilitated," he said.

"They cannot be converted to production (gas production is not permitted on exploration tenure)."

The news has been cautiously welcomed by landholder group Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic, which has previously staged major protests at CSG exploration sites in Scenic Rim.

"We welcome it but we're also cautious because naturally we'd like to see an end completely to their activity in this region," spokeswoman Heidi Ross said.

Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic representatives will meet with Arrow Energy in Brisbane on Tuesday, May 19.

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