As of April 2016, there were no operating coal mines or CSG projects in the Galilee subregion. Consequently, developing the conceptual models of causal pathways has been based on available plans and discussions with the various development proponents. Existing projects are at various stages of development and regulatory approval.

Not all coal resource developments in the CRDP are at the same stage in regulatory approvals; therefore, a full suite of information is not always available. Data gaps include:

  • area that some of the less advanced coal resource developments may cover and detail on how less advanced projects may develop
  • little information on how CSG development will progress. This is mainly due to CSG development in the Galilee subregion being currently (April 2016) at an advanced exploration stage only
  • specific information on water management options. Specific conditions on how water can be managed are outlined as part of mine permitting conditions
  • greater understanding on distribution and variation of bulk hydraulic properties for Rewan Group and upper Permian coal measures
  • estimates on volumes of groundwater that may be produced by developments
  • finalisation on exact sources and amounts of external water required for coal mine projects
  • calculation of area of draw utilising more local data for fracturing and subsidence associated with longwall coal mines in the Galilee Basin.

Further discussion on gaps and opportunities are also outlined in Section 3.7 of companion product 3-4 for the Galilee subregion (Lewis et al., 2018).

Last updated:
17 December 2018