The GasFields Commission has developed a collection of flow charts, checklists, decision tools and best practice recommendations to help bore owners and gas companies navigate the process of reaching a make good agreement.
Groundwater is a limited resource that’s critical for both agriculture and the gas industry and is extensively monitored and carefully managed by a regulatory framework.
The downside of all that regulation is that the process can often be confusing, convoluted and mysterious to anyone trying to navigate it.
One of our key functions is to identify and address any misunderstandings among our stakeholders.
That’s why we tailor complex information in a way that’s better suited to the needs of everyone involved in the process.
There’s nothing more time consuming than trolling through legislation trying to find the one sentence that relates to you.
Our most recent challenge of clarifying the government’s groundwater regulatory framework has resulted in a series of web pages dedicated to groundwater.
These new web pages help simplify the process by guiding people through the different stages and providing practical tools along the way.
And what a process this is.
Before any gas development occurs, gas companies are required to work closely with surrounding bore owners and conduct a baseline assessment of bore capacity.
Groundwater modelling then identifies which water bores are likely to be impacted by gas development and what those impacts are likely to be.
That starts another process involving various government departments, assessments, reporting and then more assessments to determine what make good measures are required, if any at all.
The tools on our website were developed with wide stakeholder consultation to clearly identify the main misunderstandings and current practices.
The end result was then fact checked with government policy makers.
Our next step is to make these practical tools more widely available through face-to-face engagement and online.
Check out the new Water page on our website.