Australia: Valuable geological data will be the target of a 3D Seismic Survey being conducted by the Department of Mines and Petroleum in the Harvey and Waroona shires in Western Australia. The survey will cover about 100sqkm and be used to create a three dimensional map of underground geology in the area. A land access team has been working with over 100 landowners across Harvey and Waroona to explain the seismic operation and negotiate access to land on a voluntary basis. A majority of landowners have signed up for the survey which will give detailed information about what lies under their land. “Each landowner is working with the South West Hub Land Access Team to ensure impacts on their land and day-to-day operations are minimized,” said Richard Sellers, Director General, Department of Mines and Petroleum.
The South West Hub project is investigating the geological feasibility of permanently storing carbon dioxide (CO2) deep underground in the area covered by the survey. This is also known as Geosequestration.