Consistently obtained groundwater levels and groundwater chemistry measurements over time can provide valuable insights into how particular aquifers are functioning, and collectively assess the groundwater system.
Across the petroleum and gas producing regions of Queensland there are four extensive groundwater monitoring networks that serve different functions (see table below):
The different types of monitoring installations that are used to collect groundwater data from within the Surat CMA are illustrated below:
Other Monitoring Networks
Resource companies are obligated to monitor groundwater levels and quality to meet their Environmental Authorities (EA) legislative requirements administered by the Department of Environment and Science (DES), and Commonwealth approval conditions under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
For example, a groundwater monitoring program is developed for each EA based on findings of a site-specific risk assessment which considers risks to groundwater associated with authorised activities.
The risks are determined based on site setting, authorised petroleum activities, potential pathways for groundwater impact, as well as the consequences and likelihood of that impact.
A network of groundwater monitoring bores is installed in approved locations around relevant site infrastructure that poses a significant risk to groundwater in accordance with the tenure specific EA.
For more information visit the DES website to download the ‘Eligibility criteria and standard conditions for resource activities‘.
- Options for Dispute Resolution
- Make Good Agreement Process
- GFCQ Baseline Assessment Checklist
- GFCQ Bore Assessment Checklist
- GFCQ Fact sheet: Make Good Agreements for bore owners
- Underground Water Impact Reports
- FAQs – Make Good Obligations (Department of Environment and Science)
- Make Good Agreements and Quick Guide – Make Good Obligations (Department of Environment and Science)
- Underground water – Baseline Assessment Plans, Baseline Assessment Guidelines, Bore Assessments, Bore Assessment Guidelines (Department of Environment and Science)
- ‘Coal Seam Gas Information for Community and Landholders’ (Department of Environment and Science)
- Current UWIR for the Surat CMA (Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment)
- Other Approved UWIRs (Department of Environment and Science)
- Is your bore predicted to be impacted? (Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment)