New Aquifer Interference Regulation - Gov. NSW

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New Aquifer Interference Regulation - Gov. NSW

Postby HVPA_research » Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:30 pm

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NSW OFFICE OF WATER

Aquifer interference regulation
(http://www.water.nsw.gov.au/Water-management/Law-and-policy/Legal-reform/Legal-reform/default.aspx)

A new interim aquifer interference regulation takes effect from 1 July 2011 in NSW. This regulation requires new mining and petroleum exploration activities that take more than three megalitres per year from groundwater sources to hold a water access licence. This reform is an important step towards ensuring equitable sharing of groundwater amongst all water users.

The Regulation is available on the NSW legislation website – under week commencing 27 June
> Regulations and other statutory instruments
> Water Management (General) Amendment (Aquifer Interference) Regulation 2011 (PDF 180 KB).
(http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/sessionalview/sessional/sr/2011-309.pdf)


Obviously this is an important legislation. However, at a first look and without a detailed study, it is not clear how this will affect the CSG industry. Extraction of up to 3000 megaliters from each test well without license is a fair bit. How about when a gas field goes into production? Perhaps irrigators among us could make some sense of it all.

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