New CSG Laws Welcomed by NSW MP

July 15th, 2013

Recent federal laws mean that future coal mining and coal seam gas (CSG) projects will not be permitted to risk harm to Australia’s water supply.

New projects will be required to satisfy an independent expert scientific committee that any work will not adversely impact water resources, according to Thomson Reuters.

NSW Independent MP Tony Windsor is pleased with the new law following years of concern in his New England seat regarding the new project approvals process.

Windsor said that farmers will welcome the ruling, which means that independent tests will take place before any CSG or coal mining project is authorised.

The Australian Conservation Foundation also supports the increased regulation of the CSG industry as a result of the new bill.

The amended bill was ultimately supported by the coalition, although Queensland Resources Council denounced the move suggesting that further red tape will harm Australia’s reputation as a place to do business.

Source: FED: Windsor welcomes greater CSG oversight