Independent Expert Scientific Committee

The Independent Expert Scientific Committee was established in 2012 as a statutory committee under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.  

The Committee provides expert scientific advice to decision makers on the impact that coal seam gas projects may have on Australia's water resources.

Victorian regulators can seek the Committee's advice as part of the National Partnership Agreement on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development.

This advice is provided to enable the regulator's decisions about coal seam gas projects to be informed by the best available science about potential water-related impacts due to such developments.

The Committee also provides information on research priorities and projects related to ecosystems and water and the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

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