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ENVIRONMENT—COAL SEAM GAS EMISSIONS—STUDY—PROPOSED ORDER FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENT

Senator Milne, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 715—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 scope 3 emissions factors for natural gas consumed in Australia, based on NGERS data, redacting where necessary any aspects of the study that are commercially sensitive.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,11


Senators—
Brown, BobLudlamRhiannonWright
Di NataleMadiganSiewert (Teller)Xenophon
Hanson-YoungMilneWaters

NOES, 27


Senators—
AbetzCashGallacherParry
BackColbeckMacdonaldPolley
BilykCollinsMarshallSingh
BoyceEdwardsMcEwenStephens
Brown, CarolFaulknerMcKenzieThistlethwaite
Bushby (Teller)FifieldMooreWilliams
CameronFisherNash

Question negatived.