A group of coal seam gas companies working in Queensland's central-west say a new study should help to improve future water management.

The Galilee Basin Operators Forum has sent a report to the State Government on groundwater resources in the basin.

There is some concern about the impact of CSG activities, including on the Great Artesian Basin.

Forum spokesman Tor McCaul says the study highlights what areas need more monitoring but he says the basin is still in early exploration stages.

"I would estimate that the industry last year only drilled about 25 wells in the Galilee Basin," he said.

"There's no commercial production from the basin yet and when it comes it is likely to be just in a couple of places.

"It won't be that the whole basin is suitable for commercial production.

"The sort of time frame I would think is probably two to five years."

AGL Energy, a company exploring for CSG in basin, say operators are doing all they can to protect water systems from adverse impacts.

Company spokesman John Ross says groundwater systems are complex but companies are looking for gas reserves far below the Great Artesian Basin.

"The Great Artesian Basin is a huge resource, it is a very important resource," he said.

"We are not in the business of taking that water or pressures away from people.

"It is all about working together, making sure that we understand what is happening with the really deep groundwater systems, below 1,000 metres, and making sure that what we are doing there is not impacting on the real shallower systems."

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