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Environmental Management Plan for Fairview Project Area – May 2008

The Fairview Project Area (the Project), Environmental Management Plan (EMP) relates to
continued Coal Seam Gas (CSG) development in the southern Bowen Basin, Queensland
developed by Santos TOGA Pty Ltd (Santos). The EMP is in support of an application for a
single integrated Environmental Authority (EA) for six existing Petroleum Leases (PLs): 90, 91,
92, 99, 100, 232 and Pipeline Licences (PPLs) 76 and 92. The single integrated EA will replace
existing individual EAs for these PLs.
The Project area consists of existing petroleum operations across the six PLs developing CSG
reserves and delivering up to 75TJ/day. The EMP describes the expansion of the six PLs through
the 2008 development program to deliver a field capacity of 115TJ/day in 2008. The 2009
expansion of the Project is forecast to expand field gas deliverability to 145TJ/day.
Description of the Project
The Project expansion across the six PL’s includes;
    •   Non-production wells to further prove reserves including; appraisal wells and single well
    •   Groups of production wells surrounding existing development areas with gas and water
        gathering systems and transfer pump stations.
    •   Associated water management including: a reverse osmosis treatment facility, injection
        facilities and localised storage facilities.
    •   Gas field and export compression sites.
    •   Support infrastructure including; camp facilities, borrow pits and road upgrades.
Existing environment
The Project is located in a rural area of low population density in the southern Bowen Basin,
Queensland. The closest urban centres to the Project are Injune, 17 km to the west, Roma, 75
km to the south, Taroom, 65 km to the east and Rolleston, 100 km to the north. Figure 1 indicates
the location of each PL and PPL in the Project area.
The landscape in the Project area has been significantly altered by non-petroleum clearing and
agricultural activities including pastoral (livestock) activities and cereal cropping, particularly in the
south-west of the Project area (PL91, 92, and central areas of PL100). The Project area
encompasses areas of freehold land with areas of remnant and regrowth vegetation and areas of
National Park and State Forest.

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                                   Figure 1: Project Location Map

Potential impacts
The potential environmental impacts of the Project activities have been assessed as part of the
EMP. The assessment considered the proposed activities, the existing environment and potential
impacts. The following environmental factors were considered as part of the assessment; air
quality, surface and ground water, produced water, noise, waste, land, nature conservation and
the community (including landholders).
Where assessment determined potential impacts associated with Project activities, Project
specific mitigation measures were developed to be implemented. Examples of proposed Project
specific mitigation measures identified are presented below in Table 1-1.
An example of an environmental impact identified in the EMP is vegetation clearing. As part of its
vegetation management strategy, Santos has planned development activities so as to minimise
vegetation clearing, particularly within mapped areas of Semi-evergreen Vine Thicket, Brigalow
and Bluegrass (threatened ecological communities). Santos is proposing to develop a biodiversity
offset program within the Project area, which may involve an area of revegetation to re-establish
a biodiversity corridor between existing but geographically isolated ecological communities.
The EMP identifies the value of the community and potential impacts associated with the Project.
As part of the Project, Santos has engaged directly with impacted landowners. Ongoing
consultation will be undertaken with landowners and stakeholders during the Project.

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Mitigation Strategies

Table 1-1 provides proposed mitigation strategies defined in the EMP.

Table 1-1 Fairview Project Area Mitigation Strategies*.

                                          Mitigation strategy
                 Air emissions from activities related to Santos action will be within regulatory
                 requirements set out in the Environmental Authority and the Environment
                 Protection (Air) Policy 1997.
                 During Project planning, longer-term Project facilities, such as compressor
                 stations, flares, stacks will be, to the extent practicable, sited away from sensitive
                 receptors to minimise impact of air emissions. As required, air dispersion
                 modelling to assess potential impacts of emissions and monitoring for new
                 facilities will be conducted.
                 Consideration shall be given during location planning for well sites and
                 processing facilities to prevailing wind directions away from residential properties
                 as far as reasonably practical and plan flaring / venting around prevailing wind
                 conditions to minimise nuisance of gas plumes.
                 Management options for produced formation water include:
                 • Beneficial reuse;
                 • Injection without intermediate storage;
                 • Direct use;
                 • Treated use;
                 • Disposal via evaporation ponds; and
                 • Disposal via discharge to grade.
                 Santos has a general noise emission specification for purchased rotating
                 equipment such as generators, pumps and compressors on rigs of a sound
                 pressure level (A-weighted) of no more than 85 dB(A) at 1m from the housing
                 [NB: this standard does not necessarily apply to large fixed plant items such as
                 compressors at stations].
                 All new field and export gas compressors will be fitted with hospital grade
                 Santos maintains a complaints management system, incorporating a complaints
                 register, recording and reporting process, investigation and response procedure.
                 Complaints will be followed up within 48 hours of receipt and the investigation
                 and response will be conducted in a timely manner.

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                 The Santos EHS Hazard Standard for Waste (EHS04) shall be followed at all
                 times and for all facility operations to ensure appropriate management of waste.
                 Recyclable wastes (including glass, paper and plastic) will be segregated and
                 transported to the offsite Injune Landfill and Recycling Facility as a preference,
                 whenever possible.
                 Sanitary biosolids or sludge from central camp locations with sewage treatment
                 operations will be disposed at commercially licensed offsite facilities as
                 The general control strategies for managing land management are as follows:
                 • When scouting for proposed sites or corridors, Santos Environmental Hazard
                    Standard EHS01 Land Disturbance will be followed;
                 • Minimise disturbance to land – only drive on designated access tracks; and
                 • Clean up spills and prepare incident report to identify root cause. Over time,
                    identify trends and carry out additional training, equipment maintenance, etc.
                    as necessary.
                 The general control strategies for managing rehabilitation activities are as
                 • Santos will rehabilitate disturbed areas as soon as possible after disturbance;
                 • During earthworks, strip topsoil and store separately from subsoil, for re-use
                      in rehabilitation. Disturbed lands to be reshaped to stable landform similar to
                      that of similar undisturbed surrounding areas;
                 • Santos will monitor land disturbance surrounding new project areas;
                 • Santos will conduct environmental compliance audit post-decommissioning
                      to evaluate effectiveness of rehabilitation, and carry out remedial work as
                      necessary as detailed in Santos EHSMS11.11 Decommissioning and

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    Nature conservation
              The general control strategies for managing nature conservation are as follows:
              • Clearance of vegetation within 100 metres of watercourses, wetlands and
                  springs, on slopes greater than 5%, on dispersible soils or in a way that
                  would isolate small stands or dissect vegetation corridors will be avoided
                  where possible.
              • Areas of significant vegetation within the Project area will be flagged to
                  control access and minimise disturbance.
              • Santos will continue its internal environmental awareness and training
                  program as part of the corporate EHSMS system.
              • Staff (specifically those involved in scouting, planning and construction) will
                  be trained in the identification of significant vegetation that is known to occur
                  on the site;
              • Field staff will receive training on sensitive environmental considerations
                  specific to their work area.
                 The Santos standard, EHS09 Weed and Pest Animal Control details the need for
                 identification and management of weeds within Santos operational areas. This
                 includes weed control on access tracks and right-of-ways, avoiding disturbance
                 to weed infested areas, cleaning equipment and sourcing materials from weed
                 free areas. Any control measures will be developed in conjunction with relevant
                 government agencies and landowners.

             The Project will use a range of methods to ensure that information is distributed
             to, and may be received from, local community members and other stakeholders.
             These will include:
             • Regular meetings with the Shire Council.
             • Annual one-on-one meetings with landowners.
             • Direct verbal or written advice (e.g. telephone, letter, email etc.) to
                  community members and other stakeholders.
             • Appointment of staff members responsible for community liaison and to
                  provide a central point for public comment.
*These mitigation strategies should be read in conjunction with the full Project EMP.

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The Fairview Project Area Environmental Management Plan – May 2008
Any person can view, make copies and take extracts of the EMP and application at the following
    •  Southwest District Office – Queensland Parks and Wildlife, Environmental Protection
       Agency, 36 Quintin St, Roma, QLD, 4455
   • Petroleum and Gas Unit – Environmental Services, Environmental Protection Agency,
       Floor 23, 288 Edward St, Brisbane, QLD 4000
   • Injune Public Library, Hutton Street, Injune, QLD 4454
Any person may make a submission about the application.
Submissions must be: -
   • written and signed by or for each person (“signatory”) who made the submission; and
   • state the name and address of each signatory; and
   • be made to the Environmental Protection Agency, Southern Region, PO BOX 15155 QLD
       4002; and
   • be received before the end of the submission period, which is thirty (30) business days
       from 29 August 2008.
Queries on the application can also be made directly to: -
   • Santos, 60 Edward Street, Brisbane, 4000: Attention Graeme Bartrim (Telephone: 07
       3228 6625)
   • Environmental Protection Agency, 288 Edward Street, Brisbane QLD 4000: Attention
       Mark McNamara (Telephone: 07 3224 7099).

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