Interim Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam gas and Coal Mining

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The Interim Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Coal Mining ceased operating in November 2012. The statutory Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development is now in operation.

The Interim Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Coal Mining website is no longer being updated and maintained but remains here as an archive for your information.

The Dawson River near the Fairview GasfieldAt the request of governments that are signatories to the National Partnership Agreement on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development, the Interim Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Coal Mining will provide scientific advice on proposed coal seam gas or large coal mining developments that are likely to have a significant impact on water resources. Significant impact on water resources is defined in the National Partnership Agreement on Coal Seam and Large Coal Mining Development . For the Commonwealth, as detailed within the National Partnership Agreement, the projects to be considered by the interim committee must be the subject of a pending Commonwealth decision; for example, an approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999  (the EPBC Act).

The Australian Government, through the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, requests advice from the interim committee on a range of projects (also known as "actions") that are currently being considered under chapter four of the EPBC Act. In future, relevant state and territory governments that are party to the National Partnership Agreement will also be required to seek advice from the interim committee on projects. This allows for the interim committee's advice to be provided on a range of projects that are likely to have a significant impact on water resources, even though those projects may not trigger the EPBC Act approval process; that is, the projects may not significantly impact on matters of national environmental significance protected under the EPBC Act.

When a project is provided to the interim committee for its advice, the interim committee will consider the project and prepare written advice. The response will be made publicly available on the interim committee's website only after it has been received by the government who made the request and after the associated decision has been made. The response will detail the title of the project, a summary of the request, and the interim committee's advice in response to the request.

The interim committee will eventually provide some guidance on the information it is looking to receive in the environmental impact statements so that it can provide well-informed and timely responses to future requests for advice.

Projects provided to the interim committee for advice Projects being considered by the interim committee Advice on projects provided to the interim committee
Gloucester Gas Project (NSW) Gloucester Gas Project (NSW)  
Stanmore 'The Range' Open Cut Coal Mine (Qld) Stanmore 'The Range' Open Cut Coal Mine (Qld)  
Boggabri Coal Mine Extension (NSW) Boggabri Coal Mine Extension (NSW)  
Newland Coal Extension Project (Qld)  
Arrow Bowen Gas Project, (Qld)  
Santos Future Gas Supply Area Project, (Qld)  
Middlemount Coal Mine, (Qld)  
Anglo Coal (Foxleigh) Pty Ltd - Foxleigh Coal Mine Extension, (Qld) Anglo Coal (Foxleigh) Pty Ltd - Foxleigh Coal Mine Extension, (Qld)  
Centennial Coal Clarence Expansion, (NSW)  
Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd – Alpha Coal Project – Mine and Rail Development, (Qld)  
Warkworth Mine Extension, (NSW)  
Aquila Resources Ltd - Blackwater Washpool Coal, (Qld) Aquila Resources Ltd - Blackwater Washpool Coal, (Qld)  
Adani Resources Ltd - Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project, (Qld) Adani Resources Ltd - Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project, (Qld)  
AMCI (Alpha) Pty Ltd - South Galilee Coal Project, (Qld) AMCI (Alpha) Pty Ltd - South Galilee Coal Project, (Qld)  
Taroom Coal Project, Surat Basin (Qld)  
Collingwood Coal Project, Surat Basin (Qld)  
Dart Energy Coal Seam Gas Exploration (NSW)  
Codrilla Coal Mine, south east of Moranbah (Qld)  
Sonoma Coal Mine Expansion, Collinsville (Qld) Sonoma Coal Mine Expansion, Collinsville (Qld)  
Apex Illawarra Coal Seam Gas Exploration Drilling and Gas Monitoring Program - NSW  
Mount Pleasant Project - Muswellbrook (NSW)  
Centennial Coal Mine Expansion - Springvale and Angus Place (NSW)  
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