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Unconventional Gas Development in Queensland: The Social Licence Imperative
The University of Queensland’s Centre for Natural Gas has released the findings from an intensive 6-month study testing Queensland’s experience against the IEA's “Golden Rules of Gas”
Queensland’s Petroleum and Gas Exploration Program Resumes
The Queensland Government has today released Tender Package PLR2020-1. This tender package includes 12 new areas for petroleum and gas exploration across the Bowen and Surat Basins, covering a total area of 6,746 km2.
New Release: Make Good Agreement templates
The GasFields Commission Queensland has developed and released standardised Make Good Agreement templates for use by water bore owners and industry.
How Time Flies
Since the beginning of 2010, the Queensland gas industry has grown to become the largest Coal Seam Gas industry in the world.
Unemployment has remained below the state average for most regional centres in the gas fields.
100 new bores identified for make good arrangements
The 2019 Underground Water Impact Report for the Surat Cumulative Management Area predicts that 100 water bores will be impaired over the next three years by petroleum and gas activity.
Virtual Reality Gas Well
The Commission has developed a virtual reality coal seam gas well experience located in a paddock complete with cattle, trees, a tractor and four-wheel drive.
More gas exploration in Queensland
Six gas companies have won the bid to explore for gas in new areas of Queensland covering a total of 3,450 square kilometres.
Dispute Resolution Information Session
Please join us for an afternoon of presentations and discussions to assist landholders and resource companies negotiate agreements and manage disputes, to achieve positive outcomes.
Speakers to Inspire
The Commission has lined up a speakers program for the South Queensland Energy & Resources Expo in Toowoomba on the 16th and 17th of October that is certain to inspire and inform.
Atlas On Track
The Senex led Atlas project is on track to set new records for the development of a gas field and compressor station.
The GasFields Commission has released one of the most detailed reports into the Queensland gas industry and its interaction with agriculture ever produced.
Gas industry phases and activities workshops
What to expect from new gas industry activity in your area
Every now and then we come across something in the gas fields that really makes us smile.
Are you looking for tools, tips and knowledge to help you manage gas development on your land?
New Gas Guide
The Gas Guide is another Queensland first
There is no wrong door
The GasFields Commission is working with other agencies on a new collaborative approach to engagement with the simple message - there is no wrong door.
Biosecurity: It's everyone's responsibility
The GasFields Commission Queensland has joined forces with Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia to tackle biosecurity challenges associated with major infrastructure development in the gas fields.
Get involved in our May events
Our May calendar is rapidly filling up with information sessions, pop up offices and hands-on workshops. Check out our calendar and come along to meet us.
Get involved in our March events
We've got a busy schedule of information sessions and hands-on workshops ahead.
Queensland land values on the rise
The 2019 Property Market Movement Report shows land values are on their way up.
Surat Gas Project given the green light
Arrow Energy’s $10 billion Surat Gas Project – has the go-ahead to generate up to 1000 jobs.
New code to reuse and reduce waste
The Queensland Government has developed a new standard for the beneficial use of residual mud that is produced when a gas well is drilled.
The End of Another Year
Our little team of 10 staff has punched well above its weight throughout 2018.
Simplifying the make good process
The GasFields Commission has developed a collection of flow charts, checklists, decision tools and best practice recommendations.
New areas released for exploration tender
Ten new areas of Queensland have been released via competitive tender for petroleum and gas exploration.
Looking for answers?
Our pop-up office will be traveling throughout Surat Basin communities this month to help answer questions about gas activity in the region.
More gas exploration across Queensland
Four gas companies will start exploring new areas near Quilpie, Surat and Tara
GasApp Aus - A Queensland First
Our new phone app will help improve communications and information sharing in regional communities.
Good air quality in the Surat Basin.
New GISERA research has found good ambient air quality in Surat Basin communities.
Winter 2018 Newsletter Out Now
Check out our latest newsletter for some insights from people who live and work in the gas fields
Little Change to Groundwater Impact Forecasts
OGIA has released the latest annual report on the 2016 Surat UWIR
Staying in Front of Development
The GasFields Commission has spent almost the entire month of May and early June on the road around regional Queensland meeting with stakeholders and hosting a series of information sessions.
Autumn 2018 newsletter
In this issue: snapshot of the latest industry facts, video testimonials from businesses and landholders in gas field communities, applied biosecurity, compensation explained and more.
New Industry Snapshot
The snapshot is an easy to read reference guide that shows the size of the industry, its contribution to the economy, water usage and other useful information.
The Commission hosted its first biosecurity workshop in Kogan on Thursday along with representatives from AgForce Queensland, Livestock Biosecurity Network and the CSG Compliance Unit.
New Workforce Forecast
The Statistician's Office believes the CSG industry will continue to be the primary influence on the Surat Basin’s non-resident population to 2024 with new gas projects and expansions proposed for the region.
Law On the Road
The Land Court of Queensland is taking the unprecedented step of engaging directly with landholders at community leader forums in country Queensland to demystify the Land Court process.
The land spraying truck is believed to be the first one of its kind ever built in Australia, constructed locally in Toowoomba for Kinetic Australia.
Going With the Flow
Research into the effects of the Coal Seam Gas industry on groundwater is continuously improving our understanding about underground water movements and implications of coal seam development.
A Natural Solution to a Bored Problem?
Scientists at the University of Queensland believe they may have found a natural solution to the modern challenge of decommissioning old wells.
A Roma Success
Peter Sharpe is not your usual entrepreneur. It says “Chief Executive Officer” on his office door but he readily admits he’s not a real Chief Executive in the true sense of the word because he just can’t stick to the job description.
New Exploration Program Released
The 2017-18 annual exploration program sets out the program of competitive tenders for the coming year.
Water produced by the Coal Seam Gas industry is a valuable resource that is often misunderstood.
Rainwater Tank Maintenance is Essential
Recent testing has reinforced just how important it is for landholders to regularly clean and maintain their rainwater tanks.
New Regional Engagement Team
Meet the new team of regional engagement officers based in the gas fields.
On New Ground : Lessons from the development of the world’s first export coal seam gas industry
A report on the Commission’s experiences in its dealings with government, onshore gas developers, landholders and communities from 2010 to 2016.
Annual information sessions on the 2016 underground water impact report for the Surat Cumulative Management Area
The Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA) is holding information sessions to provide an annual update on the 2016 Underground Water Impact Report (UWIR) for the Surat Cumulative Management Area.
Time for some facts
New research is revealing the true economic and social effects of the coal seam gas (CSG) industry in Queensland.
Strategic Plan 2017 - 2021
To ensure the GasFields Commission can effectively serve landholders, communities and the onshore gas industry during the next phase of gas development and production in Queensland, we have developed a new five-year Strategic Plan.
From the Commission's Board...
GasFields Commission Queensland Commissioners (L-R) Ian Hayllor, Fleur Anderson, Ruth Wade (Chair) and Rick Wilkinson.
Sharing unconventional gas experiences
Lessons learned from the development phase of the CSG-LNG industry in Queensland was the focus of a presentation by GasFields Commission Chair, Ruth Wade, at the 5th IEA Unconventional Gas Forum, held in Brisbane recently.
Think Tank on Health and CSG
GasFields Commission Chair, Ruth Wade, recently convened a Think Tank on Health and CSG in Toowoomba, aimed at ensuring communities are provided with a coordinated response to concerns raised.
Have your say about new Commission legislation
This month the Commission welcomed the introduction of a bill into State Parliament by the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham to amend the GasFields Commission Act 2013.
New CSIRO study sheds light on the impact of injecting CSG treated water
Water produced during coal seam gas (CSG) production can be safely injected hundreds of metres underground, according to new CSIRO research.
Overall community wellbeing in the Western Downs Region remained robust in 2016
A newly released 2016 CSIRO Community Wellbeing and Responding to Change survey measured perceptions of wellbeing, resilience, adaptation to change, and expected future wellbeing within five communities affected by CSG development in the Surat Basin – Dalby, Chinchilla, Tara, Miles, and Roma. It was funded by the Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA).
Queensland's manufacturing sector growing with natural gas
Australian Gas Networks has recently completed the construction of a new 28km 4-inch natural gas pipeline from the City of Bundaberg to the Port of Bundaberg. This Queensland Government-funded $19.8 million project delivers a much needed economic boost to the Bundaberg Region.
Queensland Government to pilot “Australian-use-only” gas tenure
The Queensland Government has announced the pending release of land for coal seam gas exploration with strict Australia-only sale conditions on the gas produced.