Make Good

Gas companies are required to take a number of steps to ensure bore owners are not disadvantaged by their operations.

How to make good

In Queensland, petroleum tenure holders (gas companies) have the right to extract groundwater as part of the process for extracting petroleum and gas.

These operating gas companies are required by government regulation to monitor and manage the impacts caused by their extraction activities. This includes their responsibility to 'make good' (PDF 382 KB) on any impairments caused to a licensed water bore.

Make good measures for bores impaired by petroleum and gas activities may include:

  • reconditioning the bore
  • deepening the bore
  • replacing parts of or the whole bore
  • drilling a new bore
  • providing an alternative water supply
  • monetary compensation

Important considerations

Not all bores are automatically eligible for compensation.

Make good measures are determined on the bases of impaired capacity.

A bore that has not been actively used for many years, is damaged and/or unworkable is unlikely to be considered impaired.

A bore should be in working condition to be considered for compensation.

In the case where a bore is delivering water but not operating at its paper entitlement, a make good agreement can be measured against its actual capacity.

A bore assessment will determine the actual capacity of a bore and a make good agreement will be negotiated on that basis.

When undertaking a bore assessment, the tenure holder will need to collect information on the water bore such as: 

  • details of the bore construction (drill date and drilling company, etc)
  • photographs, details, condition and rate of the bore pump
  • repair history
  • purpose and use of the bore
  • bore capacity
  • water level and pressure
  • water quality

A make good agreement with a gas company only applies where a petroleum or gas resource exists and its existence is likely to cause impairment of a bore.

Helpful resources

  1. Make good obligations - frequently asked questions (Department of Environment and Science)
  2. Underground water - Baseline Assessment Plans, Baseline Assessment Guidelines and Bore Assessment Guidelines (Department of Environment and Science) 
  3. Fact sheet: Make good agreements for bore owners (PDF 382 KB)
  4. Quick Guide - Make good obligations (PDF 156 KB)
  5. Find your bore – the water bore search tool
  6. Groundwater Net
  7. Surat Undergound Water Impact Report
  8. Water monitoring data