26 September 2023

Stronger coal seam gas safety agreed

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The Government has said it would broadly support all recommendations from the Gasfields Commission Queensland’s review into coal seam gas-induced subsidence. Six recommendations are fully supported and two others supported in principle.

The recommendations are aimed at strengthening protections that allow the resource and agriculture sectors to coexist.

Minister for Resources, Scott Stewart said the Government also supported an expanded role for the independent Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment.

“Resources and agriculture are economic powerhouses of Queensland. We have listened to the community about concerns around coal seam gas-induced subsidence and we are committed to ensuring our coexistence frameworks provide appropriate protections,” Mr Stewart said.

“We are also launching a new mapping layer on the Queensland Globe, which also gives greater insights into where resources, renewable energy and agricultural projects are located — this was a key action from the Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan.”

The Minister said he had no doubt that the package would assist the mining, renewable energy and agriculture sectors to go from strength to strength, in the process of which thousands of good jobs would be created in Queensland for years to come.

The Government’s full response to the Gasfields Commission Queensland report can be accessed at this PS News link and the new mapping layer on the Queensland Globe at this PS News link.

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