George Gates, will lead a team of presenters for day 1. Ben Kele will lead a team of presenters for day 2.
, CSG and Groundwater Consultant
George, as the former Director of Water Management Implementation in the NSW Office of Water, was responsible for surface and groundwater management. George now works on the New South Wales Gateway Panel, the body responsible for the expert assessment of State-significant mining and coal seam gas proposals located on strategic agricultural land. George has worked mostly for government in his 40 years as a hydrogeologist. He has extensive experience in groundwater exploration and management. He has been writing groundwater policy for the NSW government for the last ten years, a period of significant water reform. George's special interests are protecting groundwater from pollution, conjunctive groundwater/surface water management and setting sustainable diversion limits. George was awarded the Australian Government Public Service Medal in recognition of outstanding service.
, Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA) QLD
Randall is a hydrogeologist with extensive experience in groundwater management and water resources policy. Randall is the General Manager of the Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA) in Queensland. OGIA assesses the cumulative impact of water extraction by coal seam gas operators on groundwater resources in the Surat Basin, develops integrated groundwater management arrangements and assigns implementation responsibilities to individual operators.
, Origin Energy
Ryan was a consultant for ten years, where his technical interests included water supply, deep bores and mine water management. He accepted an industry position with Origin Energy after working on the groundwater aspects of Australia Pacific LNG project EIS. During the past four years at Origin, he has been involved with the design and implementation of a regional groundwater monitoring network with over 180 bores, springs assessments, subsidence assessment and monitoring, construction water supply, landholder bore and make good assessments, State and Federal regulatory approvals and aquifer injection. Ryan has been responsible for the delivery of an aquifer injection trial program across four different sites and nine injection targets. Two of the trials have progressed to operational treated CSG water injection schemes with a combined injection capacity of 45ML/day.
, Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance
Professor Damian Barrett has more than 20 years research experience. Currently he is leading CSIRO’s research in unconventional gas and he is also the Director of GISERA, the Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA). GISERA is a vehicle initiated by Australia Pacific LNG and CSIRO to foster collaborative public good research into the social and environmental challenges and opportunities associated with Australia’s growing gas industry. His current research interests include: integrated research into assessing environmental impacts and trade-offs associated with land, water and mining in landscapes, environmental biophysical modelling of energy, carbon, water and nutrient fluxes in landscapes and physical hydrology, ecosystem services and sustainable development.
, Department of Natural Resources and Mines- Qld
Saji is the Director of Strategic Water Programs for the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines. He is accountable for developing strategic policies and programs related to surface and groundwater resources delivering responsible and productive water resource management outcomes within the state. Saji possesses 26 years’ experience in development and implementation of natural resource policies and plans and science in Australia and abroad enabling the sustainable management of water.
, AGL Energy
Nicola is a Sydney based hydrogeologist and has been working at AGL Energy on their eastern Australian coal seam gas projects for the past two years. She holds an Honours degree in geology and chemistry from the ANU and a Master's in engineering studies, majoring in hydrogeology and groundwater management, from the UTS and is currently studying a Master's of Science Communication through the ANU. Prior to her current role, Nicola spent 2 years on development aid projects in the small island developing state of Tonga. During her time in Tonga, Nicola worked with the local government developing water policy, collecting and communicating water quality data, and capacity building the local staff. Her role was supported by AusAID and the Fijian based SOPAC. Previously, Nicola was based in Canberra at FrOG Tech for 5 years working as a geologist on oil and gas projects around the globe.
, Future Energy Solutions
Larry has in excess of 20 years of worldwide industry experience in industrial process and high value project delivery. He has worked and consulted in a diverse range of industries including: steel, automotive, packaging, mining, oil & gas, and Biofuels. Larry has successfully completed projects in Australia, North America, South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. Larry began his career as a field Engineer with a division of the Verson group based in Chicago Illinois. From there he progressed to larger scale project management for various entities such as the ISCOR group in South Africa, Bao Shan Steel China, BHP/BLUESCOPE Steel, BMA, General Motors, VISY and TYCO to name a few. Larry's educational and professional qualifications include A Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Automated Systems Engineering). Additionally Larry is a project management professional with the Project Management Institute.
, Department of Natural Resources and Mines- Qld
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.
, Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment
Keith is a Director of Technical Projects with the Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA), Department of Natural Resources and Mines. He has over 20 years experience as a consultant hydrogeologist specialising in the development of regional scale groundwater flow models. Keith is currently leading development of a revised groundwater flow model of the Surat CMA which OGIA will use to refine the predicted impact of Coal Seam Gas development in this area. He was also part of a collaborative private and public sector team which developed the current ‘first generation’ Surat CMA model.
, A J Lucas
Andy Lukas is a Director at AJ Lucas Group Limited
Mr. Andrew J. Lukas, known as Andy, BE has been Chief Executive Officer of AGL (SG) Pty Limited since January 2008. Mr. Lukas previously served as President of the Australian Pipeline Industry Association (APIA), representing pipeline owners, operators and contractors. He also served as the president of the International Pipeline and Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA). He gained valuable experience with Williams Brothers Company in the US and MacDonald Wagner & Priddle and Transfield in Australia.
Mr. Lukas commenced employment with A J Lucas Group Ltd. in 1975, initially as a Project Manager and also served as its General Manager since 1977. He pioneered the development of directional drilling in Australia and is an authority on this technology and pipeline installation. He is also a leading proponent of this technology in the development of the coal seam gas extraction industry in Australia. He served as Executive Director of AJ Lucas Group Ltd. from April 2009 to August 2010. He served as Non Executive Director of AJ Lucas Group Ltd. from March 19, 2008 to April 2009. He served as a Director of CRC Mining Technology & Equipment and International Pipeline and Offshore Contractors Association. Mr. Lukas served as an Executive Director of AJ Lucas Group Ltd., since 1995 until March19, 2008. He is a Graduate in Civil Engineering from UNSW with post graduate studies at the Pipeline School of the University of Texas.