Underground water impact report (UWIR) for the Surat CMA
The Surat underground water impact report (UWIR) assesses the groundwater impacts from petroleum and gas operations in the Surat and southern Bowen basins. It also establishes:
- strategies to manage the predicted impacts
- responsibilities for implementing various aspects of the strategies.
The assessment is completed every 3 years in order to keep up to date with changes to industry development plans and new information about the groundwater flow system.
The Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA) prepared the first UWIR for the Surat CMA in 2012 and the second in 2016. Those reports are now superseded by the current UWIR 2019.
The UWIR 2019 was finalised after a public consultation process and approved by the Department of Environment and Science in November 2019.
Evidence-based scientific assessments
The OGIA uses models to assess the groundwater impacts of resource operations. These models are based on a range of data including:
- an extensive groundwater monitoring network
- geological mapping
- a comprehensive seismic dataset
- the outcomes of a significant research program to improve understanding of groundwater systems.
Current Surat UWIR
- Full report and appendices: Surat UWIR 2019 (PDF, 37.2MB)
- Consultation submissions summary (PDF, 1.4MB)
- List of current petroleum and gas tenure holders in the Surat CMA (PDF, 419KB)
- List of all monitoring points in the water monitoring strategy (XLSX, 100KB)
- List of springs in the Surat CMA (XLSX, 37KB)
Previous Surat UWIRs
Annual reports on the UWIR
The annual reports provide updates on the implementation of the UWIR management strategies.
They also discuss any changes to circumstances that could impact on the predictions made in the UWIR (e.g. changes to development planning by resource authority holders).
- 2018 annual report on the 2016 Surat UWIR (PDF, 1.2MB)
- 2017 annual report on the 2016 Surat UWIR (PDF, 1MB)
- 2014 annual report on the 2012 Surat UWIR (PDF, 2.3MB)
- 2013 annual report on the 2012 Surat UWIR (PDF, 1.7MB)
Note: No annual report was published in 2015 because the 2016 Surat UWIR provides an update on the implementation of management strategies.
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