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The Interim Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Coal Mining website is no longer being updated and maintained but remains here as an archive for your information.

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Information on decisions made on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Projects can be found on EPBC referrals and public notices database.

Media Releases

2012

05 June 2012 – Victoria signs National Partnership Agreement to strengthen coal seam gas regulation

The Victorian Coalition Government today announced a boost to the research and oversight of potential coal seam gas extraction with the signing of a national agreement with the Commonwealth Government and the establishment of a new Ministerial Advisory Council.

14 March 2012 – Federal environment approval for extension of Springvale Mine

Environment Minister Tony Burke today approved an extension at the existing Springvale Mine north of Lithgow in NSW under national environmental law, with more than 30 strict conditions to ensure protection of the environment and ongoing monitoring arrangements.

30 May 2012 – Expert committee on CSG and coal mining passes house

Legislation to establish an independent expert scientific committee to provide advice on impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining proposals on our water resources has passed the House of Representatives.

29 May 2012 – Commonwealth steps up on mining approval process - Independent Expert Scientific Committiee to have say in CSG and coalmining

A proper independent scientific process for the evaluation the impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining developments will bring better environmental, social and economic outcomes according to the Independent Member for New Engliand Tony Windsor.

22 March 2012 – Coal seam gas expert scientific committee legislation introduced

Federal environment minister Tony Burke today introduced legislation to the House of Representatives to establish an Independent Expert Scientific Committee to provide advice on coal seam gas and large coal mining.

The legislation will amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to allow for the establishment of the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development as a statutory body.

22 March 2012 – South Australia signs up to coal seam gas agreement

South Australia has become the third state to sign up to tougher regulations for future coal seam gas and large coal mining projects. The South Australian Government has signed up to the Gillard Government's National Partnership Agreement on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development. The Queensland Government signed up to the agreement on 14 February, followed by the New South Wales Government on 7 March.

14 March 2012 – Federal environment approval for extension of Springvale Mine

Federal environment minister, Tony Burke, has approved an extension at the existing Springvale Mine north of Lithgow in New South Wales under national environment law, with more than 30 strict conditions to ensure protection of the environment and ongoing monitoring arrangements. The Springvale Mine has been operating since 1993, with longwall mining commencing in 1995. The site has operated under a number of New South Wales-based regulatory approvals and environmental impact assessments.

7 March 2012 – NSW signs up to coal seam gas agreement

All environmental approvals and licensing developments for coal seam gas and large coal mining developments in New South Wales will be based on rigorous scientific evidence.

New South Wales has signed up to the Gillard Government's National Partnership Agreement on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining.

14 February 2012 – Queensland signs up to coal seam agreement

Queensland has become the first state to sign up to strengthened regulation of coal seam gas and large coal mining developments.

In November, the Prime Minister wrote to the Premiers of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia and the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory seeking cooperation to strengthen the regulation of coal seam gas and large coal mining developments that may have significant impacts on water resources.

27 January 2012 - Interim committee to advise on coal seam gas and large coal mining

Federal environment minister Tony Burke has appointed an interim committee of experts to provide independent scientific advice on coal seam gas and large coal mining.

The interim Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Coal Mining has been formed pending formal establishment of the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development by legislative amendment to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

2011

21 November 2011 - New focus on scientific evidence to build confidence in coal seam gas and coal mining

The Australian Government today moved to ensure that all future decisions about coal seam gas projects and large coal mining developments are based on the most rigorous scientific evidence available.

Coal seam gas and coal can bring huge opportunities – but to do so must maintain community confidence, especially in regard to impact on water.

Interim Committee Meetings and Workshops

The Interim Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Coal Mining meets each month. The Interim Committees meeting and workshop dates are listed below.

2012 Interim Committees meeting and workshop dates
Title Date Location
Meeting One 17 January 2012 Canberra
Workshop One 6-7 February 2012 Brisbane
Meeting Two 22 February 2012 Sydney
Workshop Two 19-20 March 2012 Sydney
Meeting Three 26 March 2012 Canberra
Meeting Four 18-19 April 2012 Canberra
Meeting Five 16 May 2012 Canberra
Meeting Six 20-21 June 2012 Canberra
Meeting Seven 18-19 July 2012 Canberra
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