Building a sustainable business in Coal Seam 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 SeamGas CSG 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 CSG 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.
Water has emerged as a significant issue for the CSG 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 CSG 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 SeamGas fields’ continued development will be taken by nearby users.
WestSide has also joined the Galilee Basin Operators’ Forum as a foundation member of an industry collective formed by companies actively exploring for CSG in the area to fund a regional baseline ground water assessment study for the Galilee Basin.
Environmental Authorities have been granted by the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct activities at ATP 688P and ATP 769P. Operations on these tenements have been conducted in accordance with these authorities.
The Company has also been granted Environmental Authorities to conduct exploration activities on its new Galilee Basin tenements ATP 974P and ATP 978P where operations have yet to commence.
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.