Water Study Project
In September 2013 AGL Energy Ltd
and Gloucester Shire Council
signed a Cooperation Agreement to undertake a suite of independent, basin wide water studies to assess water resources, identify flood risk in the Avon and Gloucester Rivers and examine produced water management issues associated with coal seam gas (CSG) extraction.
The Water Study Project will provide Council the ability to obtain independent expertise through the engagement of professionals to enhance Council and the communities’ information about local water resources, which can be used to assist in the understanding of the potential impacts of CSG extraction in the region and inform decision making of the State and Federal Governments. The project will also inform AGL’s implementation of the Gloucester Gas Project in relation to water issues.
The Water Study Project involves the recruitment of a Water Scientist – Technical Advisor as a Gloucester Shire Council employee to oversee four pieces of work: a flood study, baseline water survey, produced water evaluation study and engagement of an independent expert to conduct a peer review of AGL’s Gloucester Water Studies
Technical Steering Committee
A Technical Steering Committee (TSC) has been established for the Project. The purpose of the TSC is:
- To act as an independent consultative technical reference group that can effectively offer advice on the development and implementation of the Gloucester Water Study Project
- To provide a forum to consider issues arising from the Gloucester Water Study Project that may be relevant to member organisations and their constituents
- To maximise opportunities for information sharing between the member organisations
The Technical Steering Committee comprises of Gloucester Shire Council, MidCoast Water, AGL Energy and a community representative.