GOING below the surface just got easier for Narrabri residents who have been invited to take part in a virtual tour of an underground gas operation.
With the Narrabri Gas Project approved, residents have been given the opportunity to find out more about the potential upcoming operations.
The engaging and informative experience will allow locals to see how NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) officers regulate the onshore gas industry from the comfort and safety of a 360-degree mobile theatre, which has been erected at the Narrabri Amateur Fishing Club.
EPA Executive Director of Engagement Education and Programs Liesbet Spanjaard said by welcoming the community to the virtual reality theatre the EPA hoped to continue their commitment to transparent, consistent and efficient gas regulation.
While the theatre is usually used for training purposes, the public will be able to ask questions and experience what an operation looks like, without visiting an actual site.
"Participants are virtually transported many kilometres away and hundreds of metres below the earth's surface at the click of a button," Ms Spanjaard said.
"They're able to study everything from gas well construction and integrity, to hoe groundwater flows beneath the earth, including potential pollution pathways."
Sessions will be open to the community on Wednesday, December 1 and Thursday, December 2, with potential for more virtual experiences to be added the following week, depending on interest.
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