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Environment

Water Issues

Santos outlines environmental risks of Narrabri CSG project

PETER HANNAM Santos’s Narrabri Gas Project has the potential to affect groundwater through leakage, cross-contamination and subsidence, according to the company’s preliminary environment assessment.

NSW freezes new CSG exploration permits

CSG

The NSW government freezes applications for new coal seam gas (CSG) exploration licences, while it reviews the controversial process.

Climate change to make downpours more violent: expert

Floods

NICKY PHILLIPS If you're sick of the heavy rain, you better get used to it. The intense downpours and flash flooding Sydney and the Illawarra experienced over the past few days are going to become more frequent, a Sydney hydrologist says.

Sydney's abnormally warm weather has months to run

Warmth.

PETER HANNAM Sydney and most of south-eastern Australia are likely to see warmer and drier than usual weather extending well into winter at least, forecasters say.

Water treatment plant failed, despite deluge planning

Deluge

PETER HANNAM The water treatment plant that failed after Monday's deluge, prompting Sydney Water to appeal to about 250,000 households to cut back on water use, was examined for just such an event last year.

Sydney residents asked to curb water use after heavy rainfall

storm

PETER HANNAM Residents in Sydney’s south-west have been asked to avoid using dishwashers and washing machines to conserve drinking water supplies after heavy storms forced the shutdown of a major filtration plant.

Storms expected but record warm run to continue

A lone seagull watching the sun rise over North Cronulla beach.

PETER HANNAM Sydney faces the chance of more thunderstorms on Friday and over the weekend as the city’s run of record warm weather heads towards a third week.