05 May 2023

Media Release: Queensland coal seam gas reforms strengthen co-existence

The relationship between the gas and agriculture sectors will be strengthened by positive reforms to Queensland’s coal seam gas sector, according to Australia’s oil and gas industry.

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) today said the Queensland Government’s response to a GasFields Commission Queensland review of subsidence provided a stronger policy framework for the industry to engage with landholders.

APPEA Acting Queensland Director Joshua O’Rourke said: “The oil and gas industry is one of the most regulated sectors and has a long history of co-existence and consultation with stakeholders.

“These reforms are important in continuing this positive relationship between the gas and agricultural sectors in this state.”

APPEA members have worked constructively with the Government, the Commission and other stakeholders as part of the consultation process.

Mr O’Rourke said: “The Queensland Government understands the importance of the gas industry, both economically to the state and in the transformation of our energy system to net zero.

“Although there are details still to be worked through, these reforms are a step in the right direction by ensuring strengthened regulatory management to protect landholder interests while gas production continues to deliver much-needed energy supply and economic benefits to Queenslanders.

“In particular, the expansion of the role of the Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA) will ensure independent science will be at the heart of the improved regime.”

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