Kevin Hayley May, 2017
1 Executive Summary
This report is the result of independent review of the numerical groundwater modelling component of the Narrabri Gas Project (the Project) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Construction of the numerical groundwater model is deemed to be based on sound reasoning and consideration of background information, and is consistent with standard industry practice and relevant guidelines.
There is a lack of observation data used to calibrate the model parameters with the exception of the net flux to groundwater over the Naomi Alluvium aquifer. As a result, the selected model parameters are based on expert review of background information and as such, have greater uncertainty than model parameters calibrated to observation data. The key model parameters and predictive model stresses influencing predictions of groundwater impact, have a large level of uncertainty, which results in high uncertainty in the model predictions.