Water

Santos recognises water is a precious resource, especially given our long history of working in some of the driest parts of the world such as the Cooper Basin in Central Australia. 

We have a sustainable approach to manage our water use and the production of water as part of our operations. 

Water is important to all Australians and it's important to Santos. 

The protection and management of water resources is of great interest to communities across Australia and is governed by a number of laws and regulations.

We produce and use water as part of our oil and gas exploration and production activities and we work with a range of scientific institutions to ensure that we conduct the research required to understand how our activities affect local water resources and how any risks can be managed. 

Santos has robust systems and procedures in place to ensure negative impacts to water resources are avoided or minimised and managed. Importantly, Santos systems and procedures meet or exceed the requirements of all regulatory frameworks that apply to our operations. 

You can read more about Santos' approach to water management by clicking here, to view a water management factsheet that was used to engage community and industry members in the NT in July 2017. 

How does Santos protect water?

While the management of water and the industry's impacts are tailored to the location of each activity, we have distilled out protection of water into four areas - baseline data and monitoring, well integrity, water management and reporting and incident notification.

We believe that strong performance across these four pillars will minimise our impacts on ground and surface water resources and provide communities with confidence that we understand our risks and can manage them appropriately. 

Underground Water Impact Reports (UWIRs)

The Queensland Water Act 2000 requires petroleum tenure holders to produce an Underground Water Impact Report (UWIR). A UWIR assesses the impacts of water extraction by petroleum tenure holders on groundwater resources and specifies integrated management arrangements.

Cooper Basin Conventional Oil and Gas Operations

In accordance with the requirements of Section 381 & 382 of the Queensland Water Act 2000, Santos Limited notifies that an updated UWIR has been developed for its conventional oil and gas operations in the Cooper Basin, South West Queensland.

On the 14 March 2017, the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage (DEHP) approved the updated UWIR with conditions. View a copy of the approval here

As per Section 386 of the Water Act 2000, a notice relating to the approval of the UWIR can be viewed here.

Santos GLNG CSG Operations

In accordance with the requirements of Section 382 of the Queensland Water Act 2000, the Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA) gave notice that the 2016 Underground Water Impact Report for the Surat Cumulative Management Area (the report) was approved by the Chief Executive of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. The approved report took effect from 19 September 2016. View a copy of the report here

As per Section 386 of the Water Act 2000, a notice relating to the approval of the UWIR can be viewed here