Gloucester Gas Project: Environment

Rehabilitation

Following AGL's announced departure from the Gloucester region, AGL commenced an extensive decommissioning and rehabilitation program for its well sites and other infrastructure in the Gloucester region.

When a coal seam gas well is no longer required, it must be decommissioned and the site fully rehabilitated.

Decommissioning and rehabilitation

Water management

AGL understands that protecting Gloucester’s water resources is our biggest responsibility. That’s why we undertook comprehensive water research and monitoring – by our in-house expert hydrogeologists and by independent water scientists.

Monitoring program (ongoing)

AGL's water monitoring program describes the water level and water quality results from our extensive monitoring network. You can view these reports on the Gloucester Gas Project Documents page.

Waukivory Pilot Program

The Waukivory Pilot Program gathered data from four natural gas wells drilled in 2012 at two properties near Forbesdale. The wells were drilled into the deep coal seams hundreds of metres below the surface and completely sealed off from surrounding rock layers and beneficial aquifers. This information demonstrated how much water is produced from the coal seams, assessed the natural gas potential of the wells and determined the impact (if any) on overlying groundwater systems.

Following a review of the Waukivory Pilot gas flow data, economic modelling of gas reserves and market conditions, AGL announced on 4 February 2016 that it will not proceed with the Gloucester Gas Project.

You can view reports associated with Waukivory Pilot Program in the Gloucester Gas Project Documents page.