AGL given approval for Gloucester Gas Project

AGL Energy Limited has been given approval for the first stage in the Gloucester Gas Project - with a number of conditions for environmental protection.

The initiative, according to AGL, stands to provide the annual gas needs of up to one million New South Wales dwellings.

The project exists under the condition that the environment is cared for, specifically the protection of groundwater, Giant Barred Frog, Green and Golden Bell Frog and Small Flower Grevillea.

Group general manager of Upstream Gas Mike Moraza said that this initiative is crucial for gas suppliers to obtain new supplies for the benefit of homes and businesses.

He explained: "AGL will now work on satisfying the conditions of the EPBC Act approval and the New South Wales planning approval.

"Coal seam gas is one of the most stringently regulated industries in Australia. AGL will continue to use the best available science and technology to explore for and extract natural gas safely, and without harm to the surrounding environment."

Stage one of the project will see up to 110 gas wells involved, as well as associated infrastructure. During construction and operation a litany of jobs are expected to be created.

Posted by Callum Fleming