Arrow understands the importance of groundwater for both agricultural and domestic use, particularly in the Surat Basin area of Queensland.

Length: 3:15 Published: 14/04/2014

Arrow understands the importance of groundwater for both agricultural and domestic use across Australia. We also understand that there are concerns in some communities about the effect of coal seam gas (CSG) drilling and production on water quality and supply.

The removal of groundwater from a coal seam is essential to release the gas stored in the seam. For this reason, Petroleum Lease holders, including CSG producers, are given authorisation under the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (P&G Act) to take underground water as a necessary activity in the process of extracting CSG.

The underground water rights afforded by the P&G Act are further regulated by the Water Act 2000. Arrow implements these obligations through groundwater monitoring and submission of and compliance with Underground Water Impact Reports (UWIR).

For the Surat Cumulative Management Area (Surat CMA) the Queensland Government Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA) is responsible for developing the UWIR which assigns responsibility for groundwater monitoring and 'make good' to tenure holders.

  • A landholder who believes their water quality has been affected by Arrow's activities, should contact the CSG Compliance Unit within the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

New Underground Water Impact Reports

  • In accordance with the Water Act 2000, Arrow Energy has prepared a draft Underground Water Impact Report (UWIR) for the Bowen Basin petroleum leases (PL) 191, 196, 223, 224 and Authorities to Prospect (ATP) 1103, 1031 and 742, in the Bowen Basin around Glenden, Moranbah, Dysart, Middlemount and Blackwater in central Queensland
  • A final UWIR has been prepared for ATP 831 near Baralaba in Central Queensland.

The UWIRs provide information to the Queensland Government and the public on Arrow’s potential impact to groundwater levels within the tenements.

Any person may make a written submission about the report through the below contact details:

Submissions will be received until 4 March 2019. Arrow will provide copies of submissions to the Chief Executive, Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

For more information, or to obtain a copy of either UWIR, please contact Arrow by:

Approved underground water impact reports (UWIRs)

The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) requires a UWIR to be developed for each petroleum tenure where production testing has occurred or where production has commenced. DEHP approves the UWIR and then Arrow must comply with the groundwater monitoring obligations within the relevant UWIR.

Click below for UWIR notices and reports.

UWIR notices

UWIR notice, ATP 644 [2019] PDF 604.77 KB
UWIR notice, Bowen Basin PDF 723.31 KB
UWIR notice, ATP 644 PDF 766.24 KB

UWIR reports

UWIR for Bowen Basin PDF 17317.2 KB
UWIR Appendices for Bowen Basin PDF 226192.86 KB

UWIR for ATP 644 PDF 3938.67 KB

Surat groundwater monitoring activity

Arrow has installed groundwater bores and undertakes monitoring across its development area. Arrow undertakes groundwater research in collaboration with the OGIA. The objective of the research is to further quantify the connectivity between the Condamine Alluvium and the Walloon Coal Measures.

This work is in addition to groundwater monitoring undertaken by Arrow in the Surat Basin, as part of its obligations under the Surat UWIR.

Surat Gas Project - Stage 1 CSG Water Monitoring and Management Plan

The Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy has approved Arrow Energy’s Stage 1 Coal Seam Gas Water Monitoring and Management Plan for Arrow’s proposed Surat Gas Project.

The plan, and appendices, can be found here: