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PESA QLD: Evening Presentation, 22nd April – Mel Fitzell and Dr Grazia Gargiulo

Thursday, 22 April, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Australia/Brisbane time)

$15.00 – $45.00

Guest Speaker(s): Mel Fitzell & Dr Grazia Gargiulo

Mel Fitzell & Dr Grazia Gargiulo   Mel Fitzell, Lead Geologist, Comet Ridge Melanie has over 15 years’ experience and holds a Bachelor of Earth Science (Honours) degree from the University of Queensland. Melanie joined Comet Ridge as Senior Geologist in February 2013 and has been primarily working conventional and CSG exploration projects in the Galilee Basin and CSG exploration and appraisal at Mahalo in the Bowen Basin. Prior to joining Comet Ridge, Melanie spent 10 years working for the Geological Survey of Queensland gaining experience across a wide range of areas including regional geological and mineral resource mapping, seismic interpretation, 3D geological modelling, geothermal exploration and regional scale unconventional resource assessment. Melanie is the current treasurer of PESA QLD and is also a member of QUPEX, GSA and SPE.   Dr Grazia Gargiulo, Terra Sana Consultants Dr Grazia Gargiulo is a consultant with more than 15 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Grazia specialises in gas risk assessment including compliance and legal investigations, transport of contaminants in gaseous system, and gas safety in the Coal Seam Gas (CSG) industry. Grazia’s experience includes working with and for international research centers and universities, international consulting firms and state government agencies. With this strong background of experience, Grazia decided to commence her journey to shape the future of the industry in Australia founding Terra Sana Consultants, an environment, health and safety consulting firm that focuses on innovative solutions for the oil and gas industry.

This month, PESA QLD is happy to welcome Mel Fitzell and Dr Grazia Gargiulo to present an evening technical talk entitled “Legacy coal bores, overlapping tenure and the use of drone methane detection technology.”

The Evening Presentation will be held at the Transcontinental Hotel, on the Platform level with drinks and finger food served in the Dining Hall and Deck Area.

Please note the Early Bird ticket pricing cut-off times described below.

Presentation: Legacy coal bores, overlapping tenure and the use of drone methane detection technology.
Venue: Transcontinental Hotel,  482 George Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Platform Level
Date & Time: Thursday, 22nd April 2021,    5:00 pm


Presentation Abstract:

Legacy coal bores, overlapping tenure and the use of drone methane detection technology

The development of the coal seam gas industry in Queensland has seen a significant rise in overlap of exploration and production tenure held by Coal Seam Gas (CSG) and coal companies. Legislation is in place to optimize the safe development of Queensland’s coal and CSG activities in overlapping areas, and provides a framework for CSG and coal companies to coordinate activities safely and exchange relevant information.

Coal bore data (surface and subsurface) can provide valuable information to CSG exploration and development planning in areas of overlapping tenure. Historically, this data has been difficult to obtain, however overlapping tenure legislation along with recent changes to report confidentiality timeframes will provide a pathway to data accessibility.

Legacy coal bores are historical bores located on tenure which has either ended and been relinquished or where the resource holder has changed. Leaking legacy coal bores present a significant reputational and social license risk for the gas industry including significant cost for remediation. Information on legacy coal bores is often difficult to access, particularly with respect to locational accuracy and rehabilitation status.

Legacy coal bores may have little or no surface expression, however drone technology can be used to determine the near surface location of legacy coal bores emitting methane. The subsurface conditions are assessed with non-invasive technology and surface rehabilitation status can be surveyed using the latest drone imagery.

This presentation will provide an overview of overlapping tenure in Queensland with particular focus on coal bore data availability and access, legacy coal bore locations and issues related to CSG development and the use of drone methane detection technology to help resolve these issues.


Comet Ridge                                  Terra Sana Consultants


Tickets can be purchased below.

Please be advised of the early bird cut-off date.

Early bird pricing will remain available up until Wednesday 14th of April, 5:00 PM after which, standard pricing will come into effect.

Final numbers to venue required by 12pm Monday 19th April – To avoid disappointment please register before that date and time.


Early Bird Ticket Price Standard Ticket Price
PESA Members – $30
Non-Members – $35
Student / Retired Members – $15
PESA Members – $35
Non-Members – $45
Student / Retired Members – $15




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Thursday, 22 April, 2021
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
(Australia/Brisbane time)
$15.00 – $45.00
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    Transcontinental Hotel
    482 George Street
    Brisbane, QLD 4000 Australia
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