The development of the coal seam gas (CSG) in Queensland, Australia, would affect over 500 water bores on properties across the state, warns a new report.
CSG involves processing coal seam gas into liquefied natural gas, as a cleaner energy source.
The report, released by the Queensland Water Commission today, showed how the gas mining boom was affecting water in the Surat Basin.
The report, which comes as the first definitive analysis of the problem, monitored 21,000 private bores and found water levels in 85 of them would drop by up to a metre within three years.
According to commission spokesman Randall Cox, the companies would be required to increase monitoring at CSG wells.
Cox said, at some existing sites the commission would be looking for additional monitoring bores to be installed at different acquifers at the same location.