Ethics approval was obtained from the University of Queensland Behavioural & Social Sciences Ethical Review Committee (approval number 2012000582).
Access to confidential data was obtained via the Public Health Act through Queensland Health (approval number RD004515). In Queensland, the Bowen and Surat Basins are areas of major resource development, including coal mining and CSG development.
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This paper compares objective health outcomes from three study areas in Queensland, Australia to examine potential environmentally-related health impacts.
Three study areas were selected in an ecologic study design: a CSG area, a coal mining area, and a rural/agricultural area.
Gas production from these basins represents over 88 % of the total gas produced in the state. These areas were identified as a CSG area, a coal high-impact (CHI) area (where coal mining, but no CSG development was present), and a rural low-impact (RLI) area (where no coal mining or CSG development was present).
All were non-metropolitan regions of Queensland (i.e., regional/rural).
This may be helpful for companies to improve practices to reduce exposures, or to assist in formulating stricter regulations where necessary.