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Statements from Arrow Energy, the Queensland Government and QGC

*Statements regarding our story on 26 August 2019

Statement from Arrow Energy

The current EAs allow pilot production in PL253 and proposed production only in a portion of PL493 some 10km up-gradient of the Linc site, which modelling indicates will not to change the direction of groundwater flow at the Linc site.

As Arrow has made public previously, Arrow will this year install eight groundwater monitoring bores at three sites on PL253, under its environmental authority. The bores will provide hard data on groundwater movement for Arrow’s use, as well as contributing to public knowledge of the regional hydrogeology.

Because the proposed development of PL253 and PL493 do not occur in isolation, Arrow used the entire OGIA model of cumulative CSG production, by all companies, to assess the potential changes in groundwater flow from development of PL253 and PL493 and the cumulative impact on groundwater flows. The 2019 UWIR is currently in draft form; when it is approved, Arrow will assess any potential for change to the current understanding.

Arrow has been open with landholders with activities on these leases, through a mix of public consultation, direct contact, written correspondence and advertising (including in the Chinchilla News, 18 Oct 2018), and will remain so.

Statement from the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Water is a shared asset, used by all.

Each year, Queensland industry and individuals use more than 314,400 megalitres of water from the Great Artesian Basin including more than half (156,400 megalitres) for everyday stock and domestic use.

The petroleum and gas sector use approximately 64,000 megalitres, with most water from gas extraction treated and reused for agricultural purposes.

The remainder, 93,000 megalitres, is used by other water licence holders such as irrigators.

The Queensland Government is committed to the sustainable management of the Great Artesian Basin—the lifeblood of Western Queensland.

Since 1989, the Queensland Government has invested more than $78 million to conserve water by piping and capping uncontrolled stock and domestic flow bores, and to monitoring water pressure in the basin.

Current capping and piping is estimated to save almost 210,000 megalitres of water across the Basin each year.

To continue capping and piping works over the next four years (2020 to 2024), the Queensland Government has – in principle, to match Commonwealth funding – committed a further $15 million under the new Improving Great Artesian Basin Drought Resilience Program.

The independent Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA) also assesses and monitors the impacts of on-shore gas groundwater extraction in the Surat Cumulative Management Area and provides advice to the Department of Environment and Science (DES).

Statement from QGC

QGC conducts regular water and gas monitoring of wells. Monitoring has not identified any indication of contaminants from the Linc energy site in our existing production wells.

We have no plans to undertake any drilling activity in the area referred to by Mr Bender.