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South West Queensland

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A monitoring network has been established within the Western Downs region to assess air quality in an area of intensive coal seam gas (CSG) production. Air monitoring stations are located at Hopeland, Miles Airport, Condamine, Burncluith and Tara region. These monitoring stations are situated on properties near CSG infrastructure such as gas processing facilities and active gas wells. Air monitoring stations that were located at Condamine and Burncluith ceased operation in February 2018.

Up until February 2018, this monitoring network was managed by the CSIRO’s Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA) as part of the Surat Basin Air Quality study. Environmental consultants operated the monitoring network on behalf of CSIRO/GISERA during the study period. Method and data validation for the network was overseen by CSIRO. The monitoring network is now operated by the gas industry.

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Hopeland

Monitoring at Hopeland began in February 2015 to assess air quality in close proximity to an area of intensive coal seam gas (CSG) production run by Origin Energy. From February 2016 to February 2018, this monitoring station was managed by CSIRO’s GISERA as part of the Surat Basin Air Quality study. Environmental consultants operated the monitoring network on behalf of CSIRO/GISERA during the study period. Method and data validation was overseen by CSIRO. The monitoring network is now operated by the gas industry.

The station measures:

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Miles Airport

Monitoring at Miles Airport began in July 2015 to assess air quality in close proximity to an area of intensive coal seam gas (CSG) production run by Origin Energy. From February 2016 to February 2018, this monitoring station was managed by CSIRO’s GISERA as part of the Surat Basin Air Quality study. Environmental consultants operated the monitoring network on behalf of CSIRO/GISERA during the study period. Method and data validation is overseen by CSIRO. The monitoring network is now operated by the gas industry.

The station measures:

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Tara Region

Monitoring in the Tara region began in June 2016 and is located on rural property approximately 10-20 km from large CSG sources. Up until February 2018, this monitoring station was managed by CSIRO’s GISERA as part of the Surat Basin Air Quality study. Environmental consultants operated the monitoring network on behalf of CSIRO/GISERA during the study period. Method and data validation was overseen by CSIRO. The monitoring network is now operated by the gas industry.

The station measures:

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Historical sites

Burncluith

Monitoring at Burncluith began in June 2016 and was located on rural property approximately 10-20 km from large CSG sources. Up until February 2018, this monitoring station was managed by CSIRO’s GISERA as part of the Surat Basin Air Quality study. Environmental consultants and CSIRO operated the monitoring network on behalf of CSIRO/GISERA during the study period. Method and data validation was overseen by CSIRO.

The station measured ozone, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide.