The surface water and groundwater numerical models require data on areas affected by mine operations, depth of mine workings, water extractions and discharge rules to inform the model development and compare with model outputs.
Two futures are considered in a bioregional assessment: the baseline coal resource development (baseline) and the coal resource development pathway (CRDP). The CRDP includes development in the baseline plus additional coal resource development (ACRD). The baseline for the Namoi subregion contains six active coal mines, however groundwater for the Werris Creek Mine is not modelled as it is geologically isolated from the rest of the subregion (see Section 2.1.2 for further detail). There are no coal seam gas (CSG) operations in the baseline for the Namoi subregion. There are ten additional coal resource developments; of these, seven coal projects and one CSG project can be modelled.
The water management systems for the baseline coal mines and additional coal resource developments are discussed below. Only the developments that can be modelled are discussed as there is insufficient water management information available for the other coal mines in the Namoi CRDP.
The two potential futures considered in(BAs) are:
- baseline coal resource development (baseline): a future that includes all coal mines and coal seam gas (CSG) fields that are commercially producing as of December 2012
- coal resource development pathway (CRDP): a future that includes all coal mines and CSG fields that are in the as well as those that are expected to begin commercial production after December 2012.
The difference in results between Table 13 provides a list of all the coal resource developments in the , and an indication of how they were categorised for the BA modelling. All developments were included in both the and modelling unless otherwise stated. Figure 45 shows the location of each development. Further information on the data and rationale used to decide the is provided in Section 2.3.4 of companion product 2.3 for the Namoi subregion ( ).and baseline is the change that is primarily reported in a . This change is due to the – all coal mines and CSG fields, including expansions of baseline operations, that are expected to begin commercial production after December 2012.
Table 13 Baseline and coal resource development pathway
A few elements common to the mine water management systems at all the mines are that unaffected surface water is diverted around the mine site where possible, and affected water in the mine area is utilised for mining and processing purposes. It is not possible to meter groundwaterto mines, and consequently inflow volumes must be estimated from surrogate observations or modelling. Additionally, there will be progressive rehabilitation of mined-out areas as mining advances. Thus, the amount of surface water that is disconnected from a catchment due to mining will vary during the life of the mine.
The water management systems for the baseline coal mines and additional coal resource developments (ACRD) (those mines in the CRDP but not in the baseline) are discussed below. The information provided is taken from documentation relating to each development, as indicated. It was outside the scope of the Bioregional Assessment Programme to undertake a critical analysis of the appropriateness of the methods and models used to derive the information presented, nor test the accuracy of the information.
Data: Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (), Bioregional Assessment Programme ( )
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- 2.1.1 Geography
- 2.1.2 Geology
- 2.1.3 Hydrogeology and groundwater quality
- 2.1.4 Surface water hydrology and water quality
- 2.1.5 Surface water – groundwater interactions
- 22.214.171.124 Observed data
- 126.96.36.199 Previous catchment-scale investigations on stream-aquifer interactions
- 188.8.131.52 Overview of controls on surface water – groundwater connectivity based on previous investigations in the Namoi river basin
- 184.108.40.206 Statistical analysis and interpolation
- 220.127.116.11 Gaps
- 2.1.6 Water management for coal resource developments
- 18.104.22.168 Boggabri Coal Mine (baseline) and Boggabri Coal Expansion Project (ACRD)
- 22.214.171.124 Narrabri North Mine (baseline)
- 126.96.36.199 Narrabri South Project (ACRD)
- 188.8.131.52 Rocglen Mine (baseline)
- 184.108.40.206 Sunnyside Mine (baseline)
- 220.127.116.11 Tarrawonga Mine (baseline) and Tarrawonga Coal Expansion Project (ACRD)
- 18.104.22.168 Caroona Coal Project (ACRD)
- 22.214.171.124 Maules Creek Project (ACRD)
- 126.96.36.199 Watermark Coal Project (ACRD)
- 188.8.131.52 Vickery Coal Project (ACRD)
- 184.108.40.206 Narrabri Gas Project (ACRD)
- 220.127.116.11 Mine footprints
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