Coal Seam Gas (CSG): What Does Science Tell Us About the Impacts?

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Royal Society of New South Wales

Southern Highlands Branch May 17th 2012 Lecture

Associate Professor Bryce Kelly BSc (Hons), PhD

Bryce has over 20 years of international lecturing, consulting and research experience in 3D geological modeling, geostatistics, geophysics, environmental geology, petroleum geology and hydrogeology. He has undertaken consulting assignments for the US Geological Survey, US EPA, SAIC/USDOE, AERA energy (California), Shell (Scotland), Elf Exploration (Scotland), Total (Bolivia), Texaco (Texas), BP, IT Corporation (USA), NSW EPA, Cotton Catchment Communities CRC, National Water Commission, Namoi CMA and Sydney Water.

Recently, for the Australian National Water Commission, he authored the Crystallize scripts    for analysing and visualising groundwater data throughout the catchments of the Murray-Darling Basin. He is an active participant of the Cotton Catchment Communities CRC, publishing 19 reports for the CRC since 2006 and representing the organisation at community and industry meetings, presenting educational information on water use efficiency, groundwater use and impacts. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Eureka Peter Cullen prize for water research and innovation.

Associate Professor Bryce Kelly is now a chief investigator with the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training. 

Topic :Coal Seam Gas (CSG): What Does Science Tell Us About the Impacts?

Billions of dollars have already been spent on the development of Coal Seam Gas (CSG) exploration and infrastructure development. Extracting the gas from coal will clearly be part of our future in Australia, particularly in New South Wales and Queensland. If mistakes are made in extracting the CSG, then there are good reasons to be concerned about the resulting environmental impacts. These include groundwater contamination, aquifer interference, small earthquakes, and contributions to greenhouse gas.

Coal is formed via a variety of processes. The black Permian coals in NSW and the Bowen Basin in QLD were formed 300 to 250 million years ago. Plate tectonic movements resulted in crustal extension along the now eastern portion of Australia. As the land subsided, large basins formed and extensive cold climate peatlands developed. The Walloon seams in QLD are Jurassic (200 to 145 million years old) and formed in lakes surrounded by humid tropical forests. Locally, the coals in Queensland underwent very different tectonic processes compared to NSW. This means that at each CSG production site there will be different impacts. This presentation will discuss the many concerns in the media surrounding CSG production, discuss the issues in the context of the local geological and ecological settings, and present the scientific data to support the various for and against claims in the media.

DATE:          Thursday 17th May 2012          TIME: 6.30 PM

VENUE:        Performing Arts Center at Chevalier School, Bowral

                  Entrance from Charlotte st                        

                    Doors open 6 pm.

PRICES:      Lecture only: Non-members $10   (RS Members $5)

                     Following the lecture, there will be a dinner with Dr Bryce Kelly for members and non members at Briars Inn  653 Moss Vale Road Burradoo.   Bookings for dinner are essential please contact Hub before the 14th May  0411192917. or by reply email.

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