National Harmonised Regulatory Framework for Natural Gas from Coal Seams
Publication date: Friday, 13th December 2013.
On 13 December 2013, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources endorsed a National Harmonised Regulatory Framework for Natural Gas from Coal Seams (the Framework).The Framework delivers on a commitment by Australian governments to put in place a suite of leading practice principles, providing guidance to regulators in the management of natural gas from coal seams and ensuring regulatory regimes are robust, consistent and transparent across all Australian jurisdictions.
The Framework acknowledges that natural gas from coal seams is, and will continue to be into the future, an important component of eastern Australia’s domestic gas supply. It focuses on four key areas of operations which cover the lifecycle of development:
- well integrity;
- water management and monitoring;
- hydraulic fracturing; and
- chemical use.
Through this focus, the Framework provides assurance for communities and farmers that concerns in relation to protecting and managing both underground and surface water resources in particular are taken seriously by government and are being effectively regulated.
The development of the Framework also involved public consultation between 14 December 2012 and 28 February 2013. All stakeholder submissions received in response to this consultation process are available below, excluding where stakeholders clearly indicated that a submission should remain confidential, either in whole or in part.