The Queensland Government has a regulatory framework to support the sustainable development of the coal seam gas (CSG) industry. This framework includes a role to assess and manage the impacts from CSG water extraction.
The Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA) has been established to provide the groundwater management functions previously carried out by the Queensland Water Commission (QWC) prior to its abolition.
The General Manager of OGIA will prepare annual reports on the implementation of the Surat Underground Water Impact Report (UWIR), and update the UWIR every three years.
OGIA also monitors the development of the petroleum and gas industry in relation to the potential impacts of water extraction and provides advice on issues such as any emerging need for additional Cumulative Management Areas (CMAs).
OGIA also maintains a database to store baseline and monitoring data collected under monitoring plans carried out in accordance with water monitoring strategies in approved UWIRs.
Find out more about OGIA's role in coal seam gas groundwater management.
The Water Act 2000 requires that the General Manager of OGIA carry out its statutory functions independently. It provides for a continuation of the existing industry levy, and for revenue from the levy to be paid into a fund that is to be used by OGIA in carrying out its functions.