Presentation on theme: "CSG Net - A New Approach to Monitoring Impacts of the Coal Seam Gas Industry on Groundwater Ross Carruthers Coal Seam Gas Compliance Unit."— Presentation transcript:
CSG Net - A New Approach to Monitoring Impacts of the Coal Seam Gas Industry on Groundwater Ross Carruthers Coal Seam Gas Compliance Unit
Coal Seam Gas development in Queensland
DNRM Coal Seam Gas Compliance Unit Groundwater Investigation and Assessment Team (GIAT) Engagement Team Other Work Units Water Licensing Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate Etc Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment
GIAT Responsibilities Groundwater investigations of potentially impaired bores Implement and report on an independent monitoring program Audit water monitoring bore construction, well completion reports for water monitoring bores and water sampling procedures Engagement with industry and community stakeholders on CSG development and impacts
Implement and Report on DNRM’s Independent Bore Monitoring Program
Learnings from Bore Investigations to date No bore problems to date have been as a result of CSG Landholders have little understanding of their bores and in particular historical and current groundwater levels Biggest asset on their properties is the least understood Little landholder knowledge of CSG exploration / development / likely impacts Often only source of information is over the fence discussions or media articles
Old War Story Volumetric Conversion Project – SE South Australia Conversion of existing area based water licenses to volumetric entitlements Provided incentives for landholders to install meters and collect water use data. Annual water use returns where landholders calculated volumes pumped.
Comparison Between Calculated and Metered Data
Benefits in Involving the Community
CSGNet Proactive program Landholders collecting data from their bores Provide current information on CSG development and monitoring Inform landholders on local hydrogeology and bore information Collect, store and report back Provide annual forum for sharing information Transparency Involvement Trust
Local CSGNet Steering Committee
Pilot CSGNet Workshop
WHAT DO WE WANT TO MEASURE & RECORD Artesian bore The Static Head If possible the bore should be shut off for at least 12 hours and a reading taken and recorded. Sub-artesian bore The Standing Water Level If possible the pump should be shut off for at least 12 hours and a reading taken and recorded. HOW CAN WE DO THIS ? Accurately Easily Economically
Airline & Pressure gauge setup.
Involving Pump Suppliers / Installers Pump companies important conduit to landholders Local suppliers invited to CSG Net workshops Airline kit giveaways as ‘incentives’ Encourage landholders to install airlines whenever undertaking pump maintenance activities Will be holding regular workshops with suppliers to provide support and share information & methods
Benefits Landholders empowered to monitor their own bores and ‘own’ data Improved understanding of CSG industry, groundwater systems and their bores Early warning of any CSG impacts on bores Change the bore monitoring paradigm to a ‘must do’ Flow-on benefits to the Pump Supply and Maintenance industry.