Coalition Determined to Fight New CSG Restrictions

June 24th, 2013

The Senate is expected to approve an amendment to the legislation put forward by the Gillard government requiring the federal government to take account of the cumulative impact on the water table of developments like coal seam gas (CSG) mining.

The new legislation was passed in the lower house and comes under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Independent Tony Windsor successfully put forward an amendment to the bill that requires a water trigger to be considered in all cases, which is intended to make it abundantly clear that the commonwealth must give the final approval for any development applications for coal seam gas wells.

The Coalition, although supporting the bill, opposed this key amendment. The Opposition believes the amendment to be unnecessary and that it will only serve to slow down the whole approvals process and stymie urgently needed investment into coal seam gas.

Resources minister Ian Macfarlane has indicated that the coalition would find ways around the new law and delegate environmental impact assessments and approvals to the states.



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