We are assessing the social, economic and environmental impacts associated with Australia's natural gas industry.
Risk and benefits for society
Australia has vast resources of both coal seam gas (CSG) and shale gas, both of which have the potential to make a significant contribution to the Australian energy portfolio. The extraction of resources such as CSG are among the most recent changes and challenges to our environment and rural communities, bringing risks as well as benefits to society.
A collaborative research alliance
Through the Gas Industry Social & Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA) , we are working with communities, government and industry to research the environmental, social and economic impacts associated with Australia's natural gas industry.
Research on social and economic impacts and opportunities informs and supports change in regional areas and communities affected by CSG development. It also provides a legacy of knowledge that enables communities to benefit from future resource developments.
Assessing social and environmental impacts
Through GISERA, we conduct a range of research including agricultural land management, surface and groundwater, marine environment, social and economic, terrestrial biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions.
We are also investigating the potential impacts of CSG development on water resources through the Australian Government’s Bioregional Assessment Programme, as well as working to measure the impact of fugitive emissions from CSG.
In 2014, we completed the first study to measure fugitive methane emissions from CSG developments in Australia.
Methane seeps in the Condamine River
A fact sheet has been developed by CSIRO researchers with expertise in hydrogeology, geology, ecology and biogeochemistrys to summarise what we currently know about these methane seeps in the Condamine River (Queensland) including natural and human causes, and the human and environmental health and safety impacts of methane escaping from underground.
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