Using the Coal Seam Gas Globe

The Coal Seam Gas Globe is an online tool using the Queensland Globe mapping and data application. Queensland Globe is implemented inside the Google Earth™ application. The Coal Seam Gas Globe is available as an additional layer in Google Earth™ after you have installed the Queensland Globe.

The Coal Seam Gas Globe and the Queensland Globe are part of the Queensland Government's open data strategy.

Accessing the Coal Seam Gas Globe

  1. Follow our instructions to install Queensland Globe on your Mac or PC.
  2. Open Queensland Globe. On the banner page, in the Featured Globes menu, select the link to the Coal Seam Gas Globe.
  3. Select the Add Globe button to access the Coal Seam Gas layers.
  4. View the Coal Seam Gas layers in the Layers pane to the left of the map.
  5. Use the check boxes to turn on or off the Coal Seam Gas layers that you are interested in.

Information available

Layers you can choose to view include:

  • wells (CSG and non-CSG)
  • exploration permits
  • petroleum leases
  • pipeline licences
  • registered water bores (government and private)
  • water level monitoring bores
  • Surat Cumulative Management Area affected areas.

Banner page

You can access the Coal Seam Gas banner page by clicking on Coal Seam Gas Globe information hyperlink in the layers window. Information includes:

  • links to download the source data
  • terms and conditions.
  • email for contact and feedback.

Turn off the banner by clicking the X.

Coal Seam Gas Globe layers

The Coal Seam Gas Globe allows you to display a range of commonly required spatial information. Most of the categories are made up of several layers that can be viewed by expanding the category and displayed by using the check boxes.

All layers have been pre-set to only display between certain scales, i.e. more detailed layers will only display at larger scales. You may need to zoom in to see them. Some of the categories and their layers are shown in the image and described below.

For more information on the layers, click on Coal Seam Gas Globe information on the banner page and move to the Layers section.

Petroleum industry layers

Petroleum industry layers include coal seam gas wells, non-coal seam gas wells such as petroleum wells, petroleum leases and pipeline licences. By clicking on a coal seam gas well or non-coal seam gas well you generally have the option of clicking on a link to access Queensland Digital Exploration Reports relating to this well.

Petroleum industry layers

Groundwater layers

The groundwater layers have been derived from data contained in our groundwater database. The first layer called Registered Water Bores (DNRM and Private) contains all departmental and private registered water bores stored in the groundwater database. Clicking on a bore will show information such as the recorded facility type and facility status and also provide a link to generate a detailed bore report. You must have this layer turned on if you want to view all bores in an area.

Note: This data has been collected over many years from many different sources. The quality of bore locations and other data is variable and the bores construction and other bore properties may have changed over time from that recorded. An example of an image when the Registered Water Bores (DNRM and Private) layer is turned on is shown below.

Ground water layer 1

The second and third layers show our current water level monitoring network and past water monitoring and groundwater investigation bores drilled by the department. When you click on a bore, in addition to a link to a detailed bore report, these layers have a link to a plot showing the groundwater level over time, and a link to download water level measurement data. Not all past investigation bores drilled by us will have water level data. An example of an image when the Current Water Level Monitoring Bores (DNRM) is turned on is shown below, together with an example of a water level plot.

Ground water layer 2

Ground water layer 3

An example of a water level plot.

The fourth layer contains those departmental water monitoring bores that are suitably equipped to provide near real time water level data. When you click on a bore a link is provided to the DNRM Water Monitoring Data Portal where the unverified near real time bore logger data can be viewed.

Surat Cumulative Management Area layers

The layers relating to the Surat Cumulative Management Area include the Surat Cumulative Management Area boundary, the Immediately Affected Areas, and the long term Affected Areas.


To search for a registered number of a bore:

  • choose the Search QLD Government option
  • enter the bore number in the space provided
  • press the Search button.

If only one search result is returned (e.g. for Bore Registered Number 14400122) then Google Globe will fly to the location of that bore.

CSG search 1

However, if multiple search results are returned (e.g. for Bore Registered Number 3) then you will need to scroll down until you see the line showing the Bore Registered Number (in this case 3), the bores facility status (in this case Existing), and the facility type (in this case Artesian - Controlled Flow). Multiple results can be returned because this search function searches a number of data sets, not just the Registered Bore data set.

CSG search 2

If you double click on the record containing the bore number, Google Earth will fly to the bore location. Alternatively you can click once on the record containing the bore number, click on the pull down button, and select the Fly here option.


General enquiries 13 QGOV (13 74 68)