- From: The Australian
- July 24, 2013
Extract from article: Instead, what we need is a proper price signal from the market that will provide an incentive for producers to get new gas supplies out of the ground and into the local market. Much of this will be unconventional gas, such as coal-seam gas (CSG), which is generally more expensive to extract than conventional gas.
Unfortunately, this is being stymied by environmental campaigners who claim that the method of extracting gas from some CSG wells, called hydraulic fracturing, will have apocalyptic social and environmental consequences.
Experience internationally, and in the emergence of the industry in Queensland, has shown that properly regulated CSG and shale-gas activities can simultaneously operate with other land uses.
Overcoming this misleading campaign will require political leadership from governments — particularly in NSW which, as a state that relies on interstate gas supplies, has the most to gain from exploiting its own CSG resources.
Governments need to show leadership by not only carefully regulating these projects but by calling out these activists for what they are: ideological crusaders who oppose almost any form of wealth-creating development.