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The following guides aim to provide the public with easily accessible and comprehensive responses to a range of questions asked by the public in relation to a variety of Energy Resources activities. If you have a relevant question not answered in the following Frequently Asked Questions, please contact the Energy Resources Division.

Find Out The Facts

The Facts series provides public information guides on activities relevant to the Department for Energy and Mining that have attracted sizeable public interest.

The guide for natural gas extraction in South Australia is the latest in the Facts series and outlines the opportunities and regulation associated with natural gas extraction in South Australia.

Additionally, the guide about offshore oil and gas exploration in South Australia, developed with the assistance of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority, is also available below. This guide outlines the 40-year history of offshore exploration in South Australia, as well as clearly setting out the environmental, safety, regulatory and approval processes.

The Facts - Natural Gas Extraction in South AustraliaThe Facts - Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration in South Australia*

The Facts - offshore

Download the Facts About Natural Gas Extraction in South Australia (PDF 1.4MB) Download The Facts about offshore oil and gas exploration in South Australia (PDF 3.4MB)

*Further information, including Frequently Asked Questions, how to get involved and feedback opportunities, is available at the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority community information portal, accessible via the following link

Unconventional Gas in South Australia Underground Coal Gasification in South Australia


Download the brochure about unconventional gas in South Australia (PDF 1.9 MB)  Download the brochure about Underground Coal Gasification in South Australia (PDF 351 KB)

CSIRO Reserach Into Hydraulic Fracturing Impacts

In April 2020, CSIRO’s Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA) completed a three year research program, which assessed the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on air, water and soils relating to coal seam gas (CSG) development in the Surat Basin, Queensland.

The research can be accessed on the GISERA website,

Review of Hydrofracturing and Induced Seismicity

Geoscience Australia recently released a report on hydraulic fracture stimulation and induced seismicity, designed as a resource for all stakeholders.

COAG Energy Council UPR Frequently Asked Questions

On 27 June 2018, the Council Of Australian Governments (COAG) Upstream Petroleum Resources (UPR) working group published a set of Frequently Asked Questions about onshore gas development in Australia which is available on its website.