The Federal Government’s Bioregional Assessment Program is a science-based body that investigates the impact of coal seam gas and large coal mines on water resources. Under the National Partnership Agreement on coal seam gas and large coal mines, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia has agreed to permit the bioregional risk assessments over water resources. The assessment investigates immediate as well as cumulative impacts.
Last week, the first two assessments were released covering the Maranoa-Balonne-Condamine subregion and the Clarence-Moreton bioregion. Both regions found CSG and coal mine development would be very unlikely to have consequences on surface and ground water. The assessments will be used to inform government policy and development permissions.
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