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 underground water impact report (UWIR) for the Surat CMA in 2012, and a revised UWIR in 2016.

The OGIA is now seeking feedback on the consultation draft of the 2019 UWIR. The 2016 UWIR remains in effect until the final 2019 UWIR is approved.

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

Previous Surat UWIR

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).

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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