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Use of coal seam water for agriculture in Queensland, Australia


Monckton, D and Cavaye, J and Huth, N and Vink, S, Use of coal seam water for agriculture in Queensland, Australia, Water International, 42, (5) pp. 599-617. ISSN 0250-8060 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/02508060.2017.1339259


The development of the coal seam gas industry in Australia has led to the extraction of large volumes of relatively salty groundwater. Once treated, this coal seam water (CSW) is being made available for irrigation and it is an opportunity for landholders to increase the level and reliability of their agricultural production. This paper reviews the use of CSW and approaches to sustainable agriculture. The review suggests that, barring technical and economic constraints, re-injection of treated CSW into stressed agricultural aquifers may provide more equitable access to water and broader economic benefits than current location-specific irrigation schemes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:coal-bed methane, sustainable water use, enterprise transition, Queensland, Australia
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Agriculture, land and farm management not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Monckton, D (Dr David Monckton)
UTAS Author:Cavaye, J (Professor Jim Cavaye)
ID Code:152279
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2022-08-16
Last Modified:2022-08-16

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