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Unlike Eastern Australia where most unconventional gas deposits are found in coal seams, in Western Australia the majority of unconventional gas is found in shale beds and tight sandstone rock strata.
Shale and tight gasfields involve the industrialisation of entire landscapes with numerous closely spaced wells. Typical gasfields contain thousands of wells. Gasfields also require vast networks of access roads, gas pipelines, processing plants, compressor stations, and wastewater holding dams and treatment plants.
The iconic Kimberley region has been identified as one of the most prospective regions in the world for shale gas and tight sands gas production, with an estimated 229 trillion cubic feet of gas within the onshore Canning Basin.
Although still at the early exploration stage, tens of thousands of wells could be drilled in the area if the industry goes to full production, changing the stunning Kimberley landscape forever.