Surat cumulative management area (CMA)
In areas of concentrated petroleum or gas development, the impacts on water pressures in aquifers caused by water extraction by individual operations can overlap. The state government may declare such an area to be a 'cumulative management area' or CMA.
OGIA prepares underground water impact reports (UWIR) for CMAs. These reports provide assessments of regional impacts on groundwater pressures and establish integrated management arrangements, such as regional monitoring strategies. These reports also identify individual responsibilities of tenure holders in implementing various aspects of the strategies.
When prepared, a UWIR is submitted to the Chief Executive of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) for approval.
- In March 2011 the Surat CMA (PDF, 608.9KB) was declared.
- In December 2012 the first Surat UWIR 2012 (PDF, 4.1MB) was approved.
- In March 2016 a draft Surat UWIR 2016 was released for public consultation.
- EHP has responsibilities in relation to the regulation of the overall environmental management of CSG activities including regulatory oversight and compliance with the provisions of the UWIR. For information about EHP's role in CSG, refer to the EHP website.