July 8th, 2014
Gas wells are designed to ensure that the gas stays contained within the wellbore, and that the surrounding subsurface layers, including aquifers, are protected.
In Australia, there are a number of safeguards and measures that are put in place when drilling and completing a well. Responsible developers act in accordance with strict technical guidelines, and operate natural gas wells to ensure there are no uncontrolled leaks.
There’s more detail in our fact sheet: Well Integrity – July 2014 (pdf)
Our analysis of a recent study which claimed well failure rates based on a series of disproven facts and claims provides valuable information about well integrity.