Peter Baker - Department of the Environment - The ins, outs and all abouts of the Galilee Basin Bioregional Assessment


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Peter Baker, Principal Science Advisor, Office of Water Science, Department of the Environment delivered this presentation at the Galilee Basin Coal & Energy Conference.

This conference focuses on developing a new, world scale energy province in Central Queensland. It looks at the significant proposed investment in the Galilee area including coal mining, underground coal gasification, coal seam gas, geothermal, shale and much more, bringing together the wide variety of explorers, project developers, service providers and government representatives under the one roof. The event is run in conjunction with the Australian Journal of Mining (AJM).

For more information about the event, please visit the conference website:

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Peter Baker - Department of the Environment - The ins, outs and all abouts of the Galilee Basin Bioregional Assessment

  1. 1. BIOREGIONAL   ASSESSMENTS   Providing  scien6fic  water  resource   informa6on  associated  with  coal  seam   gas  and  large  coal  mines   Independent Expert Scientific Committee and Office of Water Science Peter Baker, Principal Science Advisor, Office of Water Science Galilee Basin Coal and Energy Conference, 2013 A  scien(fic  collabora(on  between  the  Department  of  the  Environment;  Bureau  of  Meteorology;     CSIRO  Water  for  a  Healthy  Country  Flagship;  and  Geoscience  Australia  
  2. 2. Summary of presentation v  v  v  v  Independent Expert Scientific Committee (the Committee) Office of Water Science (OWS) Advice function Bioregional Assessments Programme 2
  3. 3. Independent Expert Scientific Committee v  Statutory Committee under the EPBC Act §  Interim Committee v  Established December 2012 and meets monthly v  The Committee: §  provides advice on coal seam gas and large coal mining developments about impacts on water resources §  oversees bioregional assessments §  oversees research on potential water related impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining projects 3
  4. 4. Independent Expert Scientific Committee v  Expertise includes hydrogeology, hydrology, ecology, geology, ecotoxicology and natural resource management: §  §  §  §  §  §  §  §  Ms Lisa Corbyn (Chair) Professor Craig Simmons Emeritus Professor Angela Arthington Ms Jane Coram Emeritus Professor Peter G Flood Dr Andrew Johnson Professor Dayanthi Nugegoda Mr Jim McDonald 4
  5. 5. Office of Water Science v  Lead agency v  Bioregional Assessments v  Research to address critical gaps v  Secretariat 5
  6. 6. Advice function v  EPBC Act v  National Partnership: §  New South Wales §  Queensland §  South Australia §  Victoria v  To date provided advice on 26 requests v  Public release 6
  7. 7. Advice function­‐ seam-­‐gas-­‐mining/publica6ons.html     7
  8. 8. Bioregional Assessments v  A scientific analysis of the ecology, hydrology, geology and hydrogeology of a bioregion v  Explicit assessment of potential direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of coal seam gas and coal mining developments on water resources, including any impacts associated with salt production/salinity 8
  9. 9. Bioregional Assessments Programme v  Six priority bioregions §  Underpin advice §  Knowledge and information products §  Enduring v  Three year programme up to June 2016 v  OWS and the Committee are not regulators 9
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  11. 11. Principles of Bioregional Assessments methodology v  Impacts on receptors v  Modelling where possible v  Quantitative, semi-quantitative and qualitative methods §  Multiple lines of evidence v  Workflow §  transparency §  uncertainty v  Reproducibility v  Scientific advice 11
  12. 12. Receptors   Water-­‐dependent  assets   Assets and Receptors 12
  13. 13. Methodology for Bioregional Assessments (BRAM) 13
  14. 14. Bioregional Assessments outputs v  v  v  v  v  v  v  Scientific advice Conceptual modelling of causal Quantitative, semi-quantitative and qualitative outputs Extent and nature of impacts Measures of confidence of impacts Advice on the likelihood of risks Recommendations §  §  §  §  monitoring review frequency additional risk assessment studies approaches to risk mitigation 14
  15. 15. Further information Further information on the Committee or the Office of Water Science can be found at: 15