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Notice given 17 November 2010

210  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—With reference to the coal seam gas mine planned for Curtis Island, within the Murray-Darling Basin catchment area:

(1) Have any studies be conducted into the cumulative effects of the coal seam gas industry on the area.

(2) What measures are in place to assess and manage the cumulative effects of the multiple coal seam gas mines.

(3) What size buffer zones have been established between the project, and the: (a) Ramsar protected wetlands; (b) stream orders 2, 3 and 4; and (c) stream orders 5, 6 and 7.

(4) (a) How will the expert panel, which will help assess the hydraulic connectivity of a proposed draw-down aquifer, be selected; and (b) how will its impartiality be guaranteed.

(5) Will there be any opportunity for non-government groups to comment on each of the stipulated management plans before they are approved.