This research identified the nature and likely extent of damage to agricultural soils, and methods for avoiding and improving soils.

The project aimed to provide methods for installing and operating gas infrastructure that avoids soil damage, and novel methods for rehabilitating damage that does occur.

Reports and papers

The effects of coal seam gas infrastructure development on arable land PDF 3 MB

This report was conducted to: (1) assess the extent of damage to agricultural soil caused by the various elements of CSG development, and (2) estimate the likely impact of soil compaction, caused during the establishment of CSG infrastructure, on crop productivity.

Final report, May 2015.

The effects of coal seam gas infrastructure development on arable land in southern Queensland, Australia: field investigations and modelling

The study was undertaken using a paired-sites approach by comparing measurements conducted on selected soil properties in areas around and including well-head sites with measurements in neighbouring agricultural fields.

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Journal, April 2016.


Soil compaction PDF 627 KB

Heavy machinery from CSG operations can compact clay soils but rehabilitation should restore productivity.

Factsheet, May 2016.

Agricultural land management knowledge transfer session PDF 4 MB

The outcomes of this project were presented, along with other projects at an agricultural land management knowledge transfer session was held in Toowoomba on 2 December 2016, with representatives from government and industry.

Presentation, December 2016.

Project Progress

This project is now complete.

Project proposal PDF 334 KB

A detailed description of the project, budget and research milestones.

Project order, October 2012.

Progress report PDF 493 KB

The project outline, any variations and research progress.

Progress report, June 2015.

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