100 new bores identified for make good arrangements
The 2019 Underground Water Impact Report (UWIR) for the Surat Cumulative Management Area (CMA) predicts that 100 water bores will be impaired over the next three years by petroleum and gas activity.
The predicted bores are located throughout the Maranoa, Western Downs and Banana local government areas.
The UWIR includes an assessment of the cumulative groundwater impacts from petroleum and gas operations in the Surat and southern Bowen basins and establishes strategies for managing the impacts.
Gas companies outlined in the 2019 UWIR as the responsible tenure holders will be required to approach the affected bore owners to discuss suitable make good arrangements.
This will involve the companies undertaking bore assessments and negotiating any make good measures required to ensure the bore owner is not disadvantaged by industry operations.
The 2019 UWIR was released by the independent Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment on 18 November 2019 after public consultation and approval by the Department of Environment and Science.
It takes effect from 16 December 2019.
The assessment is completed every 3 years to keep up-to-date with changes to industry development plans and new information about the groundwater system.
Click here to view the 2019 UWIR for the Surat CMA.