Cotton RDC Reach Outcomes

Posted 12 August 2020

Recently published results from the Cotton RDC funded research by UNSW and ANSTO has advanced our knowledge about the importance and impact of groundwater discharge from the Great Artesian Basin into the lower Namoi alluvium (Iverach et al. 2017). The research has also demonstrated that methane has migrated from the underlying coal measures into the Namoi alluvium (Iverach et al. 2020).

Further research is now required to understand the pathways of gas migration and the time needed for the gas to migrate from the coal measures into the Namoi alluvium. This research is providing important open data about groundwater resources in the Namoi region and is informing the community and government discussions about the current and potential future impacts of the irrigation sector and the proposed Narrabri Gas Project. This is evident by the recent citation of this research at the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) Narrabri Gas Project public hearing.

Further information about the IPC’s public hearings into the Narrabri Gas Project is available here


Right: Charlotte Iverach conducting fieldwork 

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