The Independent Coal Seam Gas Science Forum brings together expert independent scientists from across the key scientific disciplines.
The areas of expertise covered, include: hydrology, hydrogeology, groundwater and terrestrial ecology, engineering and well integrity. The legal and regulatory response to the developing science will also be examined.
The Forum includes workshops, presentations by individual scientists, and discussion panels.
About the Contributors
Prof. Anthony Ingraffea
Cornell University, New York
Dr. Ingraffea is the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering at Cornell University and President of Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy. He has over 35 years of experience in rock mechanics, hydraulic fracturing, and pipeline safety, and has lectured worldwide on the environmental and climate impacts of continued fossil fuel development. In 2011, TIME Magazine named him one of its “People Who Mattered” for his efforts on public education in this arena.
A. R. Ingraffea, Ph.D., P.E. is the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University.
Principal Hydrogeologist, Groundwater Solutions International
Andrea has worked in the mining, petroleum, government and consulting environmental engineering industries for the past 26 years. Her expertise is in hydrogeological site characterisation and conceptualisation; groundwater resource evaluation and management; groundwater consent applications and hearings; hazardous substance characterisation, and assessment of environmental effects, in soil and groundwater.
Andrea worked for the NSW Department of Water Resources, from 1992 until 1995 and was located in Gunnedah, NSW. She produced the Liverpool Plains Catchment Hydrogeological Map (1:250 000 scale) and ran educational workshops for property owners and NSW government employees working in the catchment area. Since she returned to NZ she has remained active reviewing coal mining groundwater impact assessments at the request of community groups in the Namoi Valley Catchment.
Andrea Broughton B.Sc. Geology(Hons); VUW, Wellington, NZ. M.App.Sci. Hydrogeology and Groundwater Management; UNSW, Sydney, Australia. Principal Hydrogeologist, Groundwater Solutions International, NZ.
Justice Ian Coleman has 22 years experience as a judge of the Family Court of Australia. He was Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission from 1993 until 2002 and Judge Advocate of the Australian Defence Force from 1992 until 1997.
He currently works as a barrister.
Dr Gavin Mudd
Lecturer, Environmental Engineering, Monash University
Gavin Mudd is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at Monash University.
Previous to joining the faculty at Monash, Gavin worked at the University Queensland as a Research Fellow in Mine Waste Hydrology, and as a consultant (mostly based in Kakadu National Park advising indigenous groups on uranium mining impacts. Gavin’s research interests concern sustainability, mining, groundwater and environmental impact assessment and management.
Gavin Mudd B Env Eng, PhD
Principal, Pells Consulting
Dr Philip Pells is a civil engineer who has spent his 40-year professional career specialising in geotechnical and water engineering.
Between 1975 and 1980 he was Senior Lecturer in rock mechanics at Sydney University, and in 2002 was appointed Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of NSW. He has worked in Sydney as a consultant for the mining and civil engineering industries since 1980. This work has included studies for longwall and open pit mines, and designs of major tunnels, earth dams, waste dumps and tailings facilities. Since 2010 he has taken interest in the CSG industry in NSW, particularly in respect to potential impacts on groundwater and surface water systems. He has published 5 books, and 56 refereed papers. He was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal for services to civil engineering.
Philip Pells FTSE BSc(Eng) MSc DSc(Eng) DIC CPEng MASCE FIEAust