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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 Coal Seam Gas (University of Queensland)
Bureau of Economic Geology (University of Texas at Austin)
Hydraulic fracturing (fraccing) is a technique used to enhance gas flow from CSG wells in areas where the coal seams have low permeability. It involves injecting a mix of water and sand (typically 99%) and 1%industrial chemicals into the coal seam under high pressure in order to create small fractures that allow the gas to flow more readily to the well. Media attention has focused on the potential impacts of fraccing and many community members have expressed concern that valuable...
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)
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...
School of Chemical Engineering (University of Queensland)
Coal is found in seams (layers) that have been deposited at different times, under different environmental conditions and subject to different geological processes. Consequently, coal is not a uniform substance, and there is a lot of variability within and between seams which can affect how easily gas and water flow through the coal. In some areas gas and water will flow easily (the coal is highly permeable), while in others the physical structure of the coal restricts gas and water...
School of Earth Sciences (University of Queensland)
CSG resource companies are constantly seeking ways to reduce gas production costs. Current advances in the computer science "Big Data" field means that it is possible to see patterns and analyse streams of unstructured data in text, image and video formats as well as analyse real-time streams of data. For onshore gas industry data this means that there is the ability to combine data from real time well measurements and monitoring, with modelling of reservoir conditions. This will improve the...
School of Earth Sciences (University of Queensland)
The flow of fluids through coal seams within a shaly mud has proved to be more complex than reservoir engineers expected. Typically engineers make mathematical models over the CSG reservoir to forecast the flow of gas and water from the reservoir into a pattern of wells to determine the best strategy to extract the gas. These simulations require some understanding of the small-scale flow behaviour, particularly near the wells. This research project will develop a mathematical model in this near-wellbore...

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