Law Reform · Energy & Climate

Proposed changes to Coal Seam Gas law

01 January, 2014

This year, the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) was asked to review the framework for Queensland’s Coal Seam Gas (CSG) laws.

In July, the QCA released an issues paper which received submissions, mainly from the CSG industry and government agencies, arguing that the current CSG framework is too restrictive and requesting that ‘red tape be cut’ to save industry and Government time and money.

The QCA have since released a draft report with 36 draft recommendations on how to improve efficiency of CSG laws. The comment period has now closed.

EDO Qld prepared a submission to the QCA arguing that three of the proposed recommendations would result in poor outcomes for the environment and for communities living with the impacts of CSG activities.

We have asked for stronger community participation rights particularly with respect to Coordinated Projects.

You can view our final submission here.

Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) gives a strong legal voice to the environment when needed most.

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