Building a sustainable business in Natural Gas exploration and production demands our proactive recognition of the breadth of stakeholder interests in the Company’s operations. WestSide is committed to meeting and exceeding ever increasing corporate and community standards in this area.
Since taking over the operations of the Meridian Gas Fields and infrastructure assets in July 2010, WestSide has completed an initial environmental audit and started preparing a comprehensive Environmental Management Plan and Water Management Plan in accordance with new regulatory requirements.
The natural gas industry has witnessed a range of Queensland Government initiatives to strengthen the State’s regulatory and compliance regime in response to public concerns about a range of safety and environmental issues.
WestSide has been generally supportive of these initiatives and worked closely with the Queensland Government to put in place monitoring and reporting systems which will provide relevant operational information transparently and in a timely manner.
Underground Water Impact Reports
Petroleum Lease No. 94 (PL94)
In accordance with the requirements of Section 381 & 382 of the Queensland Water Act 2000, WestSide Corporation Pty. Ltd. notifies that an updated Underground Water Impact Report (UWIR) has been developed for its gas operations, within Petroleum Lease 94 (PL94) located to the south of Moura, QLD.
On the 6th February 2017, WestSide received notification from the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage that the UWIR for PL94 was approved. A copy of this approval can be obtained by clicking on Approval letter and notice WCL UWIR
A copy of the public notice relating to the approval of the UWIR can be obtained by clicking on 2017 PL94 Accepted UWIR Public Notification
Authority to Prospect No.688 (ATP688)
In accordance with the requirements of the Section 371 and 382 of the Queensland Water Act 2000, WestSide Corporation Pty Ltd. notifies that an updated Underground Water Impact Report (UWIR) has been developed for its gas operations, within Authority to Prospect No.688 (ATP688) located in Central Queensland, west of Mackay.
On the 7 April 2017, public notification of the release of the UWIR was published in the Mackay Mercury Newspaper. A copy of the advertisement can be downloaded vial the following link - 2017 ATP688 UWIR Public Notification
A copy of the UWIR can be obtained from WestSide in hard copy, or downloaded via the following link - ATP688 UWIR - Final
Water has emerged as a significant issue for the gas producers in the Surat Basin to the south of WestSide’s Bowen Basin tenements. However, production testing has indicated that water production rates at both Paranui and Tilbrook will be relatively low compared to those from well-publicised gas field operations in the Surat Basin.
There is currently ample water storage capacity for the production and testing planned for the foreseeable future. WestSide also anticipates that any additional water generated as a result of the Meridian Gas Fields’ continued development will be taken by nearby users.
Environmental Authorities have been granted by the Department of Environment and Heritage to conduct activities within PL 94, ATP 688P and ATP 769P. Operations are conducted in accordance with these authorities.
A key feature of WestSide’s operational ethos is to work collaboratively with all parties to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
WestSide continues to work closely with the Queensland Government in its efforts to protect the environment and has put in place monitoring and reporting systems which will provide relevant operational information transparently and in a timely manner.
WestSide's Environmental Authorities can be accessed through the Queensland Government's public register which can be found at this address.