The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) regulates impacts to matters of national environmental significance, these include consideration of significant impacts from actions on water resources, in relation to a coal seam gas or large coal mining development (the water trigger).
On 15 December 2023, the EPBC Act Water Trigger was amended to include consideration of likely significant impacts on water resources in relation to all types of unconventional gas, for example, shale and tight gas related developments.
This means actions relating to all types of unconventional gas developments with potential significant impacts on water resources may need to be referred to us for assessment under the EPBC Act.
The Significant Impact Guidelines 1.3: Coal seam gas and large coal mining developments - impacts on water resources provide detail about impact criteria. These will be updated shortly to reflect the application of the EPBC Act to all unconventional gas developments, along with additional advice to help guide proponents who are considering if they need to refer a proposal. In the interim, if you think your proposed development may be affected, please contact us via:
- online enquiry form
- Phone 1800 920 528 between 9am and 5pm AEST/AEDT.
Read about the Referrals and environmental assessments under the EPBC Act.