In February 2013, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O'Kane, was directed by the former Premier Barry O'Farrell to conduct a comprehensive review of CSG-related activities, focussing on the human health and environment impacts.
Professor O'Kane presented her Initial Report to the Premier in July 2013.
Following a further 16 months of investigations, the Chief Scientist & Engineer published her Final Report on 30 September 2014, including 16 recommendations to Government.
Overall, the Review found many of the technical challenges and risks posed by the CSG industry can in general be managed through careful designation of areas appropriate for CSG extraction; high standards of engineering and professionalism in CSG companies; creation of a State Whole-of Environment Data Repository; comprehensive monitoring of CSG operations with ongoing scrutiny of collected data, a well-trained and certified workforce; and applying new technologies as they become available.
However, Professor O'Kane said there is still much for Government to do.
"Implementing the recommendations of the Review involves non-trivial tasks," she said.
All reports and technical papers from the Independent Review of Coal Seam Gas Activities in New South Wales are available at www.chiefscientist.nsw.gov.au/reports
Please click here to see the terms of reference for the independent CSG review.
The Public Submissions to the CSG Review can be viewed here.
Submissions marked as 'confidential' or containing copyright material will be considered by the independent review but not published on this website.
Up-to-date information about the independent review of the state's CSG activities can be found here.
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 can be accessed here.
Professor O'Kane's initial report from the independent review of CSG activities in NSW can be viewed in full here.
Professor O'Kane published a number of issues-based reports and information papers during her 19-month review of CSG activities in NSW. All reports have been published here or can be downloaded below.
Professor O'Kane's final report from the independent review of CSG activities in NSW can be viewed in full here.