QLD outlines CSG response

Gas suppliers may be interested to hear that the Queensland government has outlined how it plans to respond to the Coal Seam Gas (CSG) industry.

The government hopes to conduct more field inspections and audits, have a firm approach to industry non-compliance and have better community engagement when it comes to CSG.

Minister for natural resources and mines Andrew Cripps explained how the DNRM Coal Seam Gas Engagement and Compliance Plan 2013 is an agenda for the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

He explained: "The Newman government supports the development of Queensland's CSG industry, but recognises the balance between the interests of industry, rural landholders, regional communities and our environment.

"This is not an industry that will be established at any cost. We will continue to expect high standards and work towards the continuous improvement of Queensland's CSG industry."

Mr Cripps added that engagement and compliance are major parts of the government's plans to responsibly manage the CSG industry.

The minister highlighted a dedication to conduct a more proactive approach to the inspection, checking and auditing of the sector in the state.

He added that the government intends to "deter further nonconformity" as it monitors the sector.

Posted by Callum Flemming