Queensland's Gas Fields Commission (GFC) has welcomed new laws to improve the way coal seam gas (CSG) companies deal with untreated water.
The State Government has introduced legislation to allow CSG operators to send water away to centralised treatment facilities instead of storing it on-site.
GFC chairman John Cotter says it is a common sense approach.
"The treatment of water and the management of water is something that I've been involved in for quite some time," Mr Cotter said.
"We've never been able to get an overall management plan and certainly this is the first step in being able to see that the water is managed in not just a particular tenement, but across the basin." Landholders have been concerned about untreated water being stored in containment ponds and being treated on-site.
Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps says the laws will make the more environmentally friendly.
"These amendments will support improved environmental outcomes and increase regulatory certainty for the state's emerging CSG to LNG industry," he said.
"[It] delivers a more efficient framework for the safe storage, transportation and treatment of CSG water and brine from and on individual petroleum leases, and between lease areas.
Mr Cripps says the legislation enhances the possibilities for beneficial use of treated CSG water and encourages the commercial disposal of salt recovered from brine.