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Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Page: 2294


Senator MILNE (TasmaniaDeputy Leader of the Australian Greens) (16:24): I move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes:

      (i)   that there is uncertainty about the level of leakage, flaring and venting of methane during coal seam gas prospecting, extraction, transport and processing, and

      (ii)   an accurate measurement of these 'fugitive' emissions is necessary to assess the claims of the coal seam gas industry that electricity production fuelled by coal seam gas is substantially less emission intensive than electricity production fuelled by coal; and

   (b)   orders that there be laid on the table, by 22 March 2012, the study by George Wilkenfeld and Associates Pty Ltd titled Updated scope3 emissions factors for natural gas consumed in Australia, based on NGERS data, redacting where necessary any aspects of the study that are commercially sensitive.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Milne be agreed to.