The Interim Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Coal Mining ceased operating in November 2012. The statutory Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development is now in operation.
The Interim Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Coal Mining website is no longer being updated and maintained but remains here as an archive for your information.
The Interim Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Coal Mining was established to ensure that future decisions about the potential water-related impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining activities are informed by substantially improved science and independent expert advice.
Appointed by the federal environment and water minister in late 2011, the committee had three key functions:
- Providing advice to governments on coal seam gas and coal mining projects
- Oversee bioregional assessments in areas where coal seam gas and/or large coal mining developments are underway or planned
- Oversee research on potential water-related impacts of coal seam gas and/or large coal mining developments.
The committee's work, including bioregional risk assessments and research program, was funded by the Australian Government. $150 million over the period 2011-12 to 2015-16 has been allocated for this work.
The aim of the Australian Government's investment is to provide greater confidence to communities where coal seam gas and coal mining is occurring through the provision of independent scientific expert advice to governments on the direct and cumulative impacts of proposed developments. Where the science is uncertain, the committee's work will seek to address this inadequacy.
This committee was an open committee, providing regular public updates of its work on this website, publishing its advice and the outcomes of bioregional assessments and commissioned research.