The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has drafted guidelines to enable better management of waste streams from geothermal schemes such as hot springs and geothermal heating developments.
The draft Geothermal Groundwater Licensing Guidelines 2019 have been developed due to increasing demand for Victoria’s geothermal groundwater resources, predominantly for hot spring developments, and geothermal heating.
The Guidelines aim to provide a reference for Rural Water Corporations and project proponents to identify when a geothermal reinjection scheme is a suitable management solution for waste water and detail the application and assessment process.
The Guidelines do not cover the planning permit processes that development proposals must meet. Planning requirements would need to be met in addition to the relevant groundwater licences and approvals.
Consultation on the draft Guidelines is open until COB Friday 23 August, 2019.
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Draft Geothermal Groundwater Licensing Guidelines Consultation Open
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