The NSW Chief Scientist’s review of the coal seam gas industry paves the way for the responsible development of the State’s natural resources, according to gas industry advocacy group, the Energy Resource Information Centre (ERIC).
“The science is in, and the recommendations are clear – unconventional gas resources can be developed safely with appropriate regulation and oversight,” said ERIC Director Steve Wright.
“This report puts paid to many of the emotive and alarmist claims made by anti-industry groups.
“The Chief Scientist says that many of the technical challenges risks posed by the CSG industry can be managed. That sends a clear message to the protesters – it is time to accept the umpire’s decision and stop trying to lock other people’s gates.
“After an eighteen month review, it’s pleasing that the Chief Scientist is proposing a comprehensive regulatory framework that will give the natural gas industry clear guidelines to work within.
“Developing natural gas reserves here in NSW will have the benefits of ensuring supply for consumers, putting downward pressure on prices, encouraging the development of new industry and employment opportunities and reducing energy carbon emissions.”
View the Final Report of the Independent Review of Coal Seam Gas Activities in NSW.