Dr Chris Pigram FTSE is the new Chair of the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development (IESC), replacing Dr Andrew Johnson FTSE.
Dr Pigram recently retired as CEO of Geoscience Australia after more than 30 years with the organisation.
The Government described Dr Pigram as a “leader in research and management of minerals, marine and petroleum geoscience programs” and well-qualified to maintain the high standard of scientific advice provided by the IESC”.
It says “Dr Pigram’s ability to manage the interface between science and government and engage stakeholders will complement the scientific expertise in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, ecology and ecotoxicology” of the other IESC members, who include groundwater expert Professor Craig Simmons FTSE.
Dr Johnson was a member from 2012 and Chair of IESC from 2015 until he resigned following his appointment as CEO and Director of the Bureau of Meteorology.
The IESC provides independent, expert scientific advice to governments on the potential impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining projects on water resources.
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