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Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (University of Queensland)
Identifying mechanisms to understand, measure and respond to cumulative socio-economic impacts of resource development represents a priority area for the Social Performance stream in the Centre for Coal Seam Gas.These cumulative impacts are the successive, incremental and combined effects (both positive and negative) on communities and their environment from multiple projects in a region. In this case, we are tracking impacts of the CSG mega projects on the Western Downs of Queensland. Cumulative impacts present significant challenges for regulators, who...
School of Journalism and Communication (University of Queensland)
Media and strategic communication have played a primary role in anchoring CSG in the public agenda. The School of Journalism & Communication (UQ) undertook a scoping study in early 2013 to investigate the impacts of stakeholder-driven strategic communication on public discourse and media coverage of CSG. This investigation included analysis of 5,170 news reports from 32 sources published from 2008 to April 2013. In addition, relevant public and academic literature were reviewed and media statements from key corporations and activities...
UQ Business School (University of Queensland)
This project aimed to develop a context-sensitive understanding of the key drivers of stakeholders' trust in the coal seam gas (CSG) companies and broader CSG industry operating in the Western Downs and Surat Basin. It provided a rigorous, independent and empirical understanding of the nature, level and key drivers of trust from the perspective of key stakeholder groups, including Landholders, Community members, Regional leaders, CSG regulatory bodies and CSG employees and contractors (fromOrigin/APLNG, Santos/GLNG, Arrow Energy and QGC). The project...
Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry (University of Queensland)
CSG companies and the Queensland Government collect data about the volumes of various types of groundwater use. This data helps estimate groundwater extraction volumes used in groundwater models which inform decisions regarding the management of the industry and plan water allocations. For example, the Queensland Government model is used to identify which private water bores are likely to have declining groundwater levels as a result of CSG industry activities and compensation for water loss is negotiated between the companies and...
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences (University of Queensland)
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Queensland Government)
The CSG industry has expanded rapidly in grazing and broadacre cropping land, and in agricultural communities, largely in the Western Downs and Maranoa. The development of the CSG industry in agricultural areas has raised many economic, technical, social and human issues. In particular, there is a large variation in landholder opinion regarding the presence of both agriculture and CSG industries in the region, ranging from rejection of co-existence to proactive investigation of co-existence opportunities. There is a strong need to...
Centre for Coal Seam Gas (University of Queensland)
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences (University of Queensland)
This project aims to assess the feasibility on the use of Queensland algae for beneficial application downstream of the reverse osmosis plant by performing a detailed scoping and techno-economic analysis. The analysis will provide UQ-CCSG members with robust analysis of the technical requirements and the implications for a business case and value chain. It will also result in a budget estimate for completing a high-level business case. Recent research showed that microalgae strains from Queensland readily grow in CSG water...
Centre for Coal Seam Gas (University of Queensland)
Bureau of Economic Geology (University of Texas at Austin)
There continues to be a significant level of community concern regarding the potential environmental impacts of the developing CSG industry in Australia. While large-scale CSG development is a recent phenomenon in Australia, the industry has a long term history in both Canada and the USA (where CSG is known as coal bed methane or CBM). This project will review the literature on the environmental impact of coal seam gas development in Australia, Canada and the USA. The US CBM industry...
Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (University of Queensland)
Successive Australian Governments have developed research policies that actively encourage industry to fund university research, something that is common throughout the world. Universities are expected to engage with industry to ensure that research programs address real challenges and contribute to innovation and growth. However, this same industry funding can also lead people to question whether the research is truly independent and free from bias. These concerns are particularly evident where the research relates to a high-profile and contentious topic such...
School of Chemical Engineering (University of Queensland)
Improving gas production from individual wells provides an economic advantage for the CSG companies. In addition, improved gas production results in increased royalties which support the provision of government services; and improved well performance may result in the need for fewer wells. The extraction of coal seam gas is controlled by a number of chemical and physical factors associated with the storage and transport of gas through the sub-surface. The rate at which gas is produced from a well depends...
CSIRO (Australian Government)
Geoscience Australia (Australian Government)
Bureau of Meteorology (Australian Government)
Department of the Environment (Australian Government)
The Australian Government is undertaking a programme of bioregional assessments in order to better understand the potential impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining developments on water resources and water-related assets. The science-based studies follow a methodology to develop multi-layered records of the natural environment in specific bioregions. The studies will analyse the ecology, hydrology, geology and hydrogeology of bioregions, with explicit assessment of potential direct, indirect and cumulative impacts on water resources both above and below ground...

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