Journal article

Water Data and the Legitimacy Deficit: A Regulatory Review and Nationwide Survey of Challenges Considering Cumulative Environmental Effects of Coal and Coal Seam Gas Developments

Rebecca Nelson

Australian Journal of Water Resources | Taylor & Francis | Published : 2019


Environmental water management in relation to groundwater occurs mainly by controlling groundwater withdrawals under water and environmental assessments and approvals, rather than by actively managing groundwater rights for environmental purposes. Despite apparently close regulation of coal mining and coal seam gas developments, significant public concerns remain regarding the assessment and approval processes that seek to control their cumulative effects on groundwater-dependent ecosystems. This paper analyses a key element of concern: regulatory aspects of water data relevant to assessments and approvals. It outlines a three-part framework for considering requirements for water information i..

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Awarded by University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Grants Scheme

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work is based on research funded by the University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Grants Scheme (#502356) and the Australian Research Council (#DE180101154).