SA IAH Meeting - Presentation by Professor Adrian Werner

Carmichael Mine court case presented by: Professor Adrian Werner, Flinders University

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Venue: Flinders University Victoria Square Campus (Level 2, Room 2.1)

Date: Friday 28th July, 2017

Time: 3.45pm – 5.00pm


The proposed Carmichael coal mine is a controversial project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. It is one of the world’s largest coal mines, and is proposed for construction in close proximity to a set of springs that supports endemic ecosystems and that holds great importance to Indigenous Australians. The decision to approve the mine is considered by some to be underpinned by misconceptions and considerable uncertainty on the back of a few field measurements. Adrian Werner was one of several expert witnesses to the case, and reveals the process that ultimately led to approval on the mine despite what he considers to be critical and fundamental problems with the investigation into potential impacts caused by the mine void.
If you’re a regulator, consultant or proponent who’s involved in hydrogeological assessments of major projects then you should attend this informative and topical presentation.
Adrian Werner is Professor of Hydrogeology at Flinders University, and a member of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Queensland, he embarked on an academic career in 2006. He is an Associate Editor for Advances in Water Resources and Journal of Hydrology, and has published over 90 international journal articles.