2nd Gas Policy and Water Management

2-Day Course on Environmental Assessment for extracting CSG and Shale Gas

You will be exposed to the most critical issues facing the industry and gain understanding on likely directions in the next few years.
The course will be Chaired each day by an experienced mentor, supported by a team of specialist Presenters. You may opt to attend either one or both days.

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Date: Thursday, 2 March, 2017 - Friday, 3 March, 2017

Location: Canberra, Novotel, 65 Northbourne Avenue

Contact: Trevor Pillar T: 08 8236 5200 E: tpillar@icewarm.com.au

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Ben Kele


Ben is the Director at Arris Water and completing his PhD at Central Queensland University. Ben has 20 years’ experience in the water industry and has researched, built and operated a wide range of water treatment facilities. He has extensive experience in decentralised installations and addressing the concerns of salinity and sodicity in recycled water. He is recognised as a leader in the management, treatment, and beneficial use of wastewater streams that have ‘difficult’ chemistry, organic loads and/or environmental license conditions. His research has focused on the management of sodium adsorption ratio (SAR) and salinity in water treatment. He has developed, patented and successfully commercialised two treatment technologies. Ben has been actively researching the reduction of SAR, salinity, and other contaminants of concern in Associated Water with a number of Coal Seam Gas companies. Ben has a Bachelor of Applied Science and has completed his Master’s by research in Decentralised Wastewater Treatment.

George Gates

CSG & GW Consultant

As Director of Water Management Implementation in the NSW Office of Water, George was responsible for surface and groundwater management. He has been writing groundwater policy for the NSW government for the last ten years, a period of significant water reform. George is on the NSW Gateway Panel, the body responsible for the expert assessment of State-significant mining and coal seam gas proposals located on strategic agricultural land. Working mostly for government as a hydrogeologist, George has extensive experience in groundwater exploration and management. George’s special interests are protecting groundwater from pollution, conjunctive groundwater/surface water management and setting sustainable diversion limits.

David Free


David is the Chief Hydrogeologist with DNRM and has some 40 years’ experience undertaking groundwater investigations, assessment and management across most aquifer types in Queensland with a strong emphasis in the Great Artesian Basin (GAB). David was part of the team that developed the GAB Water Resource Plan (WRP) and Resource Operations Plan (ROP). In recent years David has concentrated on the policy and operational aspect of potential impacts that the CSG industry may have on groundwater resources and landholder water bores and now heads up the Groundwater Investigation and Assessment Team within the CSG Compliance Unit based in Toowoomba.

Sanjeev Pandey


Sanjeev is a hydrogeologist with nearly 17 years of public and private sectors experience in groundwater resource management in Australia and southern Africa. Sanjeev is the
General Manager, Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment, Queensland Government (OGIA) . Sanjeev was previously the Director of Projects at the Queensland Water Commission’s Coal Seam Gas water unit and is leading the development of first cumulative groundwater impact assessment and reporting for the Surat and Southern Bowen basins. In his previous role at Qld DERM, Sanjeev was intimately involved in the development of strategic policy, legislation and implementation framework for the management of groundwater impacts from proposed extraction of Coal Seam Gas water in Queensland. Sanjeev also lead development of a number of groundwater management related policy initiatives to support water resource planning framework in Queensland. He particularly played a lead role in the management of the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) including development of the GAB Water Resource Plan (WRP) and Resource Operations Plan (ROP) in 2006.

John Ross

Consulting Hydrogeologist

John was Manager Hydrogeology with the Upstream Gas Division of AGL Energy from 2010 to late 2014, and is now semi-retired. He has more than 40 years’ experience, mainly associated with unconsolidated sediment and sedimentary basin hydrogeology.  He joined AGL in early 2010 after spending more than 12 years with consultants Parsons Brinckerhoff in many water resource and contaminated site project roles. Between 2005 and 2010 John worked with Sydney Catchment Authority to manage and deliver the NSW Government’s groundwater investigation and borefield development projects for emergency drought water supplies for Sydney under the Metropolitan Water Plan. While at AGL, numerous scientific groundwater studies were completed to support coal seam gas developments in the Southern Coalfields, Hunter Valley and at Gloucester. These ranged from basin-wide studies to complex drilling and monitoring programs, and produced water management projects. His role also provided strategic advice to AGL on water policy, and was responsible for water regulatory negotiations and associated compliance reporting.

Kevin Wormington

KRW Environmental

Gaining his PhD at University of Queensland in Ecology and Environmental Science, Kevin is the Principal Ecologist at KRW Environmental. Kevin has 19 years of experience as an ecologist in Australia, and has been an independent consultant since 2014.  He has worked with compliance for Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Authorities for flora, fauna and freshwater ecological assessments within the mining, gas and infrastructure industries.  Kevin’s skills include policy compliance, flora, fauna and freshwater ecological surveys, policy compliance, fauna conservation and management, and leaf nutrient and soil associations, and monitoring industrial sites. At Central Queensland University Kevin teaches: Landscape Ecology and Management; Land Management and Rehabilitation; Living Systems and Terrestrial Botany.


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Attend 1 or both days: Day 1: Coal Seam Gas     Day 2: Shale Gas

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– Understand water management policies being legislated for gas extraction
– Learn how water science underpins gas policy development
– Know how to discuss policy and water management issues with consultants
– Understand how gas regulations are being developed
– Recognise mission-critical water issues in gas extraction

Who Comes:
– Australian Rivers Institute, SA Arid Lands
– Griffith University
– MWA Environmental
– MWES Consulting
– Osmoflo
– Veolia

Testimonials from ICE WaRM’s previous Gas Policy Courses:

  • “Thank you! This is one of the most useful training courses I’ve ever attended. Great breadth of material, great presenters and pitched at the right level.”
  • “Very interesting and engaging presenter. Good case studies. Good presenter.”
  • “Engaging, professional, really helpful, great info, great presenter. He had very useful info for our work. Probably the best presenter, funny and easy to listen to and learn from.”

This course is designed and delivered by leading practitioners, regulators and scientists working on environmental issues in gas-extraction. The course Chairpersons each day are George Gates and Ben Kele. They will be supported by specialist Presenters.

Day 1, Coal Seam Gas

Chair: George Gates, supported by a team of specialist Presenters.

Topics include:

  • Managing CSG water extraction impacts
  • Improving our understanding and modelling of the groundwater flow system in the Surat Basin
  • Changes to better align management of water extraction for CSG and mining projects
  • Water use after extraction
  • Reinjection of treated CSG water into aquifers
  • Compliance and engagement in the CSG industry
  • Background methane emissions in the landscape

Video: ‘Who’s drilling for coal gas?’, ABC Splash, ABC Catalyst


Day 2, Shale Gas

Chair: Ben Kele, supported by a team of specialist Presenters.

Topics include:

  • How does Shale Gas differ from CSG
  • Extraction techniques
  • Use of water in the fracking process
  • Shale Opportunities in Australia
    • Australian Shale Gas Reserves
    • Western Australian Developments
    • Expansion Plans for Queensland
  • Contaminants of Concern in Shale Gas Water
    • Examples of differences between Shale and CSG
  • International Case Studies on Shale Gas Water Treatment
  • Development of the Shale Gas Industry in North America
    • What’s worked; what’s failed
    • How the development of new extraction techniques have impacted on water
    • Why have certain water treatment techniques proved dominant
  • Australian Regulations for Shale Gas
    • National Regulation
    • State Based Regulation
  • Discussions

Video: Hydraulic Fracturing, MarathonOilCorp            Video: Fracking in Questions, Total.com



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