In Australia, coal seam gas (CSG) could help to meet growing demands for cleaner alternatives to coal, thus making it important for the energy transition. By developing such an industry, not only does an energy resource become available, but large water volumes are also extracted, especially in the first stages of production. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the impacts of a large-scale coal seam gas industry on the landscape. Specifically, the research intends to explore how coal seam gas has changed the landscape of the agricultural production area in Western Downs, Queensland. In this Australian State, the water associated with coal seam gas production is considered an asset and the legislation in force encourages beneficial use of such resources. Comparison of aerial pictures highlights how, in a short timeframe, the local rural landscape has changed considerably due the extensive development of unconventional gas resources. The coal seam gas industry has provided the host region with opportunities for local development, but the issue of the sustainability of these new mining and non-mining activities still needs to be properly addressed.

Bressan, G., Deshaies, M. (2023). Coal seam gas extraction and related landscape changes in the agricultural production area of Western Downs (Queensland, Australia). JOURNAL OF RURAL STUDIES, 97, 495-506 [10.1016/j.jrurstud.2023.01.001].

Coal seam gas extraction and related landscape changes in the agricultural production area of Western Downs (Queensland, Australia)

Bressan, Giorgia;
2023-01-01

Abstract

In Australia, coal seam gas (CSG) could help to meet growing demands for cleaner alternatives to coal, thus making it important for the energy transition. By developing such an industry, not only does an energy resource become available, but large water volumes are also extracted, especially in the first stages of production. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the impacts of a large-scale coal seam gas industry on the landscape. Specifically, the research intends to explore how coal seam gas has changed the landscape of the agricultural production area in Western Downs, Queensland. In this Australian State, the water associated with coal seam gas production is considered an asset and the legislation in force encourages beneficial use of such resources. Comparison of aerial pictures highlights how, in a short timeframe, the local rural landscape has changed considerably due the extensive development of unconventional gas resources. The coal seam gas industry has provided the host region with opportunities for local development, but the issue of the sustainability of these new mining and non-mining activities still needs to be properly addressed.
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Coal seam gas; Queensland; CSG-Associated water; Agriculture; Landscape change
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0743016723000013
Bressan, G., Deshaies, M. (2023). Coal seam gas extraction and related landscape changes in the agricultural production area of Western Downs (Queensland, Australia). JOURNAL OF RURAL STUDIES, 97, 495-506 [10.1016/j.jrurstud.2023.01.001].
Bressan, G; Deshaies, M
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