Oil and gas company Rosemary Oil and Gas has reported a leak in the town of Rosemary in northern NSW that has caused major oil and gas industry concern.
Key points:A major oil spill has occurred in the northern NSW town of SturtRosemary is located just south of Sydney, and the town has a significant amount of heavy oil and heavy gas production in the regionOil and gas worker Melissa McCool, who was part of the team on the oil spill investigation, said she had been “stunned” by the spill’s scaleThe gas leak in Sturt is the biggest gas leak the region has experienced in more than a decadeOil industry representatives were meeting with state and federal government officials on Friday to discuss the impact of the oil and methane spill.
The spill was discovered at an oil and fuel site at Sturt on Friday.
It is understood the gas leak has spread to nearby areas.
The gas has a pH of 4.5 and a pH value of 0.4, which means the gas is corrosive to metals and chemicals, the ABC understands.
This is the first time Rosemary has experienced an oil spill in the last 15 years, with no other spills of this type occurring in the area.
“I was shocked and appalled by the scale of the gas spill,” Ms McCool said.
“It’s not uncommon for a gas leak to be found, and that’s why it’s important for us to have a detailed report from the state and NSW government.”
The town of 30,000 is a remote area and has been a source of concern for residents.
There have been four major oil spills in the past 15 years in the north of the state, including the 2010 Exxon Valdez spill which affected almost 6,000 people.
A spokesman for the NSW Energy Agency said the gas was not the first gas leak.
“The state has also received reports of a gas pipeline rupturing in Stuttgart in December 2014,” he said.”[The gas] is being investigated.”
The gas spill in Stutgart has also caused concern for the nearby towns of Braggs Plains and Karratha.
“As we’ve said, we’re working with the federal and state governments to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Mr McCool added.
“Rosemary and the other towns are really important to the economy and to our community.”
If we can manage to get our gas in to Rosemary, then that would be fantastic for the town and the region.
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