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Long overdue decision brings more certainty to CSG

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Ian Macfarlane 

Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources  Member for Groom 

Long overdue decision brings more certainty to CSG


Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources Ian Macfarlane has welcomed the Federal approval of two Queensland coal seam gas (CSG) projects, subject to a comprehensive set of conditions that will ensure landholders’ concerns about water quality and productivity are addressed.

“This long-awaited decision from Environment Minister Tony Burke means the coal seam gas industry and landholders can now move forward to the next phase of development with more certainty,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The Coalition has said all along that farmers and the CSG industry can co-exist, so long as both parties are prepared to sit down and work through their issues in good faith.

“The CSG industry will now be more regulated than the uranium mining industry in Australia - having to meet some 1500 State and Federal conditions.

“This will help ensure farmers’ rights are protected, water concerns are addressed and land values are not adversely affected.

“The CSG industry will be an enormous boost to local regions and to the national economy, accounting for billions of dollars in investment and thousands of jobs. It is in the national interest to ensure we get this process right.

“But equally as importantly, the interests of landholders and food producers must be upheld.

“This approval will not be the end of the consultation period, it’s now up to CSG representatives to sit down with affected landholders and make sure the issues are understood and conditions met.

“I welcome the fact that BG Group and Santos have indicated that they prepared to do so.

“After subjecting these applications to significant uncertainty due to repeated delays, the Gillard Government must now engage more effectively with the industry to ensure the conditions are met and ongoing monitoring takes place, which will ensure the CSG industry develops in a way that is beneficial to both the resources sector and farming.”