LONG WAY TO GO IN CSG DEBATE
December 2, 2013
Over the past two years many East Gippslanders have contacted me to ask questions about the potential for coal seam gas (CSG) development in our region.
The most common concerns have been in relation to whether CSG exploration and production would have an impact on water resources, environmental amenity and agricultural land. The granting of exploration licences and approval for mining projects are primarily matters for the State Government to resolve and it must be stressed that there is currently no CSG production in Victoria.
The production of natural gas has been regulated by the Victorian Government for more than 40 years and the government recently announced that it would not support on-shore gas production until all of the scientific facts are known and any risks are fully assessed.