A new national agreement means GISERA continues to be at the forefront of delivering quality assured scientific information on the environmental, social and economic impacts of Australia’s onshore gas industry.

Message from the director

Communities across Australia continue to have similar questions about the impacts and opportunities of the natural gas industry and want independent and trusted information. Earlier this year a new GISERA agreement was ratified by CSIRO, Australia Pacific LNG, QGC, AGL Santos and Origin Energy. This new agreement ensures National GISERA continues to be at the forefront of delivering quality assured scientific information on the environmental, social and economic impacts of Australia’s onshore gas industry.

New research projects undertaken, as part of the new agreement, will initially be in the Macarthur and Narrabri regions of NSW. The NSW Regional Research Advisory Committee (NSW RRAC) was established in April 2016 and the Committee held its first meeting in Narrabri on 25-26 May 2016. The Committee reviewed research proposals that ranged from gathering greenhouse gas data to social and economic impacts on the local community. Included in this first meeting was a field trip to Dewhurst South, Bibblewindi, Leewood, Tintsfield and Wilga Park Power Station and members of the Committee provided positive feedback about he tour as they had never seen a coal seam gas plant and its associated infrastructure.

GISERA’s communication and engagement activities remains fundamental to National GISERA. GISERA’s role is to provide independent and trusted information to communities, governments and the gas industry so they better understand the range of impacts associated with various development scenarios, and contribute to the development of policy, new and innovative management options. During the last year we’ve increased our communication and engagement activities and such activities will further intensify over the next six-twelve months.

Recently, CSIRO researchers engaged with landowners, farmers and the local communities at the Miles Show (May 2016) and CRT Farmfest (June 2016) in Toowoomba. Our researchers provided information on the results of their research such as impacts on soil compaction and soil erosion, how understanding the way farmers see their farm helps communication, community wellbeing and community attitudes towards CSG development.

Your thoughts and comments in relation to this Issue are always welcomed. Please contact us via the GISERA website contact page at any time. I look forward to sharing more research updates with you in the future.

 

Cheers,
Damian Barrett, Director GISERA and Research Director, Unconventional Gas, CSIRO Energy

 

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Last updated: 31 January, 2019

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