Another busy six months for GISERA has seen significant developments in the Northern Territory putting the spotlight on the importance of independent scientific research to guide decision-making and inform the community about resource development.

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Another busy six months for GISERA has seen significant developments in the Northern Territory putting the spotlight on the importance of independent scientific research to guide decision-making and inform the community about resource development.

The Final Report of the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory included recommendations for essential baseline scientific studies to be completed prior to any exploration or development taking place.

GISERA’s Northern Territory Regional Research Advisory Committee (NT RRAC) held its first meeting in July 2018 and approved two important studies for collection of critical baseline data on methane emissions and groundwater characteristics in the Beetaloo Basin. Both studies are underway with dry season methane survey results already available.

In September the Northern Territory Government announced a $450,000 grant agreement with GISERA to engage CSIRO’s research capabilities to deliver further independent and transparent advice on gas development in the territory.

Meanwhile, the South Australia RRAC approved new research projects looking into the microbial degradation of onshore-gas related chemical compounds; and investigations into the value of conventional gas development and the groundwater balance in gas development regions of south east South Australia.

A number of other important research projects reached completion, including studies in Queensland examining methane seepage flux in the Surat Basin, groundwater contamination risk assessment of hydraulic fracturing, impacts of CSG development on grazing lands, decommissioning coal seam gas wells, hydrocarbons in groundwater in the Surat and Bowen Basins, improving groundwater flow models, and the release of results of the third survey of trends in community wellbeing and attitudes to CGS development.

We also released new videos, including an animation of conventional gas development, a summary of air quality in the Surat Basin, investigating the potential health impacts of coal seam gas and Inside the Herd – an overview of our investigation into the impacts of CSG infrastructure, dust and traffic on grazing lands and livestock.

Regards,
Dr Damian Barrett, GISERA Director

Last updated: 16 January, 2019

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