Queensland Water Commission

Have you ever heard of the Queensland Water Commission? I hadn’t until recently. They’re quite an important player in the world of coal seam gas.

The QWC is a statutory authority established a few years ago under the Water Act to oversee the sustainable management of water resources in south east Queensland (and a few other areas around the state). More recently, the QWC has been appointed to manage the impacts of CSG water extraction on groundwater resources. In particular, the QWC is concerned with areas that might experience cumulative impacts as a result of multiple mining tenures. Rather than assessing each mining operation or location individually, the QWC takes a broader perspective and considers the impacts if multiple mines were to go ahead in the same area.

As you might imagine, cumulative impact assessments can be very complex and require consideration of a large number of hypothetical scenarios. I’m quite impressed that the government has had enough foresight to recognise the importance of cumulative impact assessments and put measures in place to try and manage potential impacts.

This week, the QWC announced that their CSG operations will be funded by the industry from next year. Investigations and monitoring by the QWC cost approximately $4 million per year and this cost will soon be borne by the mining operators, rather than the public purse. If you’d like more details on the levy, try this article or the pdf overview provided by QWC.


One response

  1. I say this is a bunch of industry spood fed dribble or maybe just ignorant. Regardless, by spamming the industry lies you help destroy our natural environment and take the rights from landowners. For what? for some lousy fake “scientitst” job with a mining company? some shares?

    If you lived at ground zero and saw the damage for yourself you’d realise how wrong you are to support the unconventional gas industry. We can see massive lakes of water containing salt and chemicals. A spiderweb of pipelines running over creeks and streams causing erosion like never before. Trucks tearing up narrow rural roads, breaking up the edges. Compressor stations roaring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emitting toxic fumes. Wells flaring, blowing off gas. The local rural fire service is not allowed to work in a gas field, or near pipelines, this means everyone near gas fields in rural areas are on their own in a bushfire. We’ve documented many cases of leaking gas wells, overflowing chemical pits, torn liners, unlined toxic dams, toxic sludge, produced water flowing over farm land, into streams. Illegal dumping of toxic water and liners and sludge. Dumping of toxic water on rural dirt roads.

    People living near these things are sick, their kids are sick. People are upset, anxious, crying at night while they wonder if they’re land will be worthless as the thousands of wells spread out all around them. I know these people, there are my friends. The scientists tell us that drilling can allow naturally occuriing chemicals to migrate into our water supplies. The produced water on the surface is getting into our surface water, into streams, into rivers, into wetlands, we’ve seen that with our own eyes. The well sites are flooding, the chemicial pits that surround each well are being constantly flushed into wetlands. The wells are situated in forest, in wetlands, in national park, in world hertage listed areas, at the airport.

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