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Coal Seam Gas

Background Papers

A series of technical information papers on specific sets of issues related to the CSG industry and operations was commissioned by the Review. The papers form a key component of the Review as both an information source and assisting in developing reports and informing compliance activities.

Given concerns expressed by many in the community about the need for independent scientifically-based information, the Review placed a great deal of emphasis on engaging experts to write the background papers who were independent and had minimal or no actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interest.

A challenge, and strength, of science and research is that experts bring their own perspective to issues based on their speciality and research background, meaning that there is the possibility for disagreement on issues, or at least different perspectives and priorities. To address and also take advantage of this factor, the approach of the Review has been, where possible, to obtain multiple pieces of advice and information papers on a given topic.

Due to the relatively new nature of CSG in Australia, in some areas of examination it has proved challenging to find multiple experts without conflict. In such cases, the Review, where appropriate, will seek peer comment on individual papers from experts in cognate disciplines.

It is intended that this process will continue throughout the Review and more background papers will be commissioned as further issues and concerns come to light.


Hydraulic Fracturing for Coal Seam Gas (CSG) Stimulation in New South Wales

** Please Note: This paper was commissioned by OCSE prior to the commencement of the Review but has been considered as part of the Review process.

Rob Jeffrey
Approaches to baseline studies of human health in relation to industries with potential environmental impact Pavla Vaneckova & Hilary Bambrick 
Community Concerns Dr Melanie Taylor, Ms Natalie Sandy & Professor Beverly Raphael
Disaster Response and Resilience Research Group, School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney
Data Intersect Australia
Groundwater Resources DJ Anderson, PF Rahman, EK Davey, BM Miller & WC Glamore
Water Reserach Laboratory, University of New South Wales
Horizontal Drilling Professor John Carter
Advanced Geomechanics
Insurance and Environmental Securities Hicksons Lawyers
Insurance and Environmental Securities - environmental risks arising from CSG operations Piper Alderman 
Insurance and Environmental Securities Piper Alderman
Insurance and Environmental Securities -  risk model evaluation  Hicksons Lawyers
Methane origins and behaviour Dr Linda Stalker
Science Director - National Geosequestration Laboratory
Modelling the Airborne Dispersion of Pollutants from Coal Seam Gas Extraction Peter J. Rayner and Steven Utembe
Multi basin usage/cumulative impacts Associate Professor Tim Rawling & Professor Mike Sandiford
Melbourne Energy Institute, University of Melbourne
NSW Geology Professor Colin Ward & Associate Professor Bryce Kelly
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of New South Wales
NSW Geology Dr Craig O'Neill & Dr Cara Danis
Department of Earth and Planetary Science
Macquarie University
Produced Water Associate Professor Damian Gore & Dr Peter Davies
Department of Environment & Geography
Macquarie University
Produced Water and Solids Stuart Khan & Geena Kordek
School of Civil Environmental Engineering
University of New South Wales
Seismicity and induced earthquakes Gary Gibson & Professor Mike Sandiford
Melbourne Energy Institute, University of Melbourne
Seismicity and induced earthquakes Dr Barry Drummond
Subsidence Causes Dr Jubert A. Pineda & Professor Daichao Sheng
ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering, The University of Newcastle
Subsidence Monitoring Dr Simon McClusky & Dr Paul Tregoning
Research School of Earth Sciences
The Australian National University
Subsidence Monitoring Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information
Technologies and Potential Impacts Professor Peter J Cook CBE, FTSE
Water Treatment and Coal Seam Gas Fell Consulting Pty Ltd
Water Treatment and Sydney Catchment Fell Consulting Pty Ltd

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