Current activities and key milestones

2014/2015

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Field activities (majority of activity on the Glenhaven property near Wandoan, owned by Glencore)

Soil surveys were undertaken by experts to inform the ongoing surface component of the environmental monitoring program and provide baseline data.

Field acquisition of a 3D seismic survey was undertaken on the Glenhaven property and data analysis has now been completed. This data has helped us better understand the viability of the site geology for potential deep subsurface storage of carbon dioxide.

Community activity

We have completed an independent community baseline survey (with more than 60% response rate) to help us identify the important issues for the local community. This included understanding current attitudes towards industry activity within the region, attitudes towards low emissions energy options and climate change. The feedback from the community research has helped inform the local engagement program. A 14 page participants' report with the research results was provided to all respondents in January 2016.

2015/2016

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Field activities (majority of activity on the Glenhaven property near Wandoan, owned by Glencore)

The Project technical team established scientific equipment in the field for environmental baseline monitoring of the project site (air, surface water and soil). This has also included installing equipment in the new Wandoan town bore to measure the baseline levels of CO2 and other components in the town water supply. The team continue to collect scientific data and process the information as part of the environmental baseline work.

We have learnt the importance of establishing a multi-year baseline of natural variations in the environment. 

Community activity

Our local engagement program includes working with local representatives. This collaborative engagement approach will shape communication activity that is appropriate and relevant to the Wandoan community about the project and the technical aspects of carbon storage.

2017

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Field activities (majority of activity on the Glenhaven property near Wandoan, owned by Glencore)

The Project technical team continues to implement the baseline near surface environmental monitoring program for the project site. Data is being collected on air, shallow groundwater and soil vapour.  One key component of the baseline work is deploying systems to enable “Process Based Monitoring” on soil gas. This was developed by an international expert from the University of Texas, Dr Katherine Romanak.

Dr Katherine Romanak

The University of Texas

The focus of the engagement over this 12 month period was concentrated on defining the area of engagement i.e. the area of interest and area of influence. This opened the engagement to precipice bore owners at the same depth as the proposed injection (>1km) within 18km of the proposed injection well. Baseline work and data collection to support the water modelling has been a priority. In addition to collecting early baseline data from individual and private precipice bores, data on the town water supply from the Wandoan town bores (including town bore #3) has been collected regularly.

The importance of establishing a multi-year baseline of natural variations in the environment has been acknowledged by independent experts. 

In addition to these ‘directly interested’ stakeholders, CTSCo increased its level of formal engagement and sharing of both technical and community information with the regulator and referral agencies on a regular and ongoing basis.

2018

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Field activities (majority of activity on the Glenhaven property near Wandoan, owned by Glencore)

 Comprehensive scientific studies being undertaken by leading universities and research I institutions have continued in the field. The results from the data collected has been extensively analysed by subject matter experts. The results of these studies have informed the development of key technical documents that are being prepared for regulatory assessment.

Community engagement

 Engaging with the local community of Wandoan, including community influencers and precipice bore users within 18km of the proposed injection well, continues to be a priority. In addition, direct engagement with local and regional NGOs and industry groups has increased. This also involved meeting with the local state member on a regular basis to discuss community sentiment and interactions.

The Project team has also worked on developing a series of technical communication support tools to assist in addressing the key concerns. This information has been used at a series of community drop-in sessions held in Wandoan to reach members of the community that are yet to be engaged and have an interest in learning more about the science around the project.

Engaging with our communities

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Achieving a social license to operate for our community, and maintaining this, will be critical for the project.

We are committed to working closely with local communities to fully investigate the potential economic, environmental, social and cultural implications of the proposed project. Like any major infrastructure project there are a number of steps and assessments that need to be successfully completed prior to the project commencing construction and operation into the test phase.

This project will be subject to a range of assessments and approvals including environmental, social and technical components under Local, State and Federal Government regulations.

Our Stakeholder Engagement Strategy builds on the foundations of key learnings from a number of CCS projects within Australia and overseas. We have applied these learnings to help shape an engagement program that is appropriate and relevant to both the local community and project stakeholders.

We have developed our community engagement program based on the AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement and the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) principles of stakeholder engagement.

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CTSCo’s stakeholder and community governance structure

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Geotechnical Reference Group:

This group comprises internal and external technical experts and scientists in geology, geophysics, storage and water. Key members of this group include:

Dr Clinton Foster 
Ex Geoscience Australia Chief Scientist - Geology

Professor Jim Underschultz
University of Queensland, Chair of Petroleum Hydrodynamics - ANLEC Storage Science Leader

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CTSCo Community and Stakeholder Engagement Reference Group:

The group comprises of communication leaders in the resource, academic and research sectors. Members of this group include:

Lucy Roberts

General Manager, Sustainable Development, Glencore Coal

Peta Ashworth

Research Consultant Climate and Energy Technology and Professor in Sustainable Energy Futures at the University of Queensland

Simon Troeth

Director, Media at the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA). ACALET Representative

Fiona Nicholls

Independent contractor (Executive Director, F.N. Sustainability Pty Ltd)

Suzanne Cryle

Manager, Community Relations, Peabody Australia. ACALET representative.

Helen D'Arcy

Project Manager, Wandoan Coal Project at Glencore

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Wandoan Coal Project Community Reference Group (CRG):

Established in 2007, the CRG represents an important interface with the Wandoan Community for this stage of the project. Updates on the progress of the Integrated Surat Basin CCS Project and the activities being undertaken by CTSCo have been presented at regular meetings. Representatives of this local CRG include members of the Wandoan community, retired local councillors, business and community leaders including local landowners.

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Local engagement program:

A community baseline survey was conducted in the second half of 2015. As part of this survey, respondents were asked to identify local community members that they believe to be trusted and well-respected representatives of the Wandoan community. The CTSCo Stakeholder engagement team is engaging with these local representatives to help shape and implement a local community engagement program that is appropriate and relevant to the Wandoan community.