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Economic impacts of coal seam water for agricultural enterprises, lessons for efficient water management

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Monckton, DC, Economic impacts of coal seam water for agricultural enterprises, lessons for efficient water management, Sustainable Water Resources Management, 5, (1) pp. 333-346. ISSN 2363-5037 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s40899-018-0216-x

Abstract

While the coal seam gas industry is relatively new in Australia its growth has been significant. To date, development has been located almost entirely in Queensland. Significant quantities of coal seam water are produced as a by-product of this industry. Once treated, it provides a potential benefit for agricultural use. How much water is being produced, where, and what proportion can practically be used for this purpose depends on a number of social and environmental limitations. One of these limitations is that much of this water is only available for a restricted timeframe, perhaps only 20 years, and much of this water is only available in proximity to large treatment plants. While these provide short-term benefits, these may have been improved through more efficient storage and distribution. The lessons for improved groundwater management and alternative storage mechanisms have the potential to yield major improvements for sustainable agriculture.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
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:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Renewable energy not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Monckton, DC (Dr David Monckton)
ID Code:152574
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2022-08-22
Last Modified:2022-08-22
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