Discussion paper to tackle Queensland’s gas issues

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An action plan to manage Queensland’s gas issues has been launched this week with the release of the state’s first industry-wide gas discussion paper.

The Queensland Government released the 38-page Queensland gas supply and demand action plan discussion paper with 29 recommendations.

“The gas sector is critical to the Queensland economy for the jobs, revenue, regional growth and significant economic benefits it delivers,” Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said.

“We have strong demand, and solid foundations for reliable supply for the next 30 years, but there are challenges.

“That’s why we are developing a Gas Supply and Demand Action Plan to tackle the challenges and maximise supply, economic and job benefits for Queensland.”

Dr Lynham said the discussion paper’s 29 recommendations focus on supply and the gas sector’s “social licence”, the community’s general acceptance of the resources sector and its activities.

“Building community understanding and confidence in the gas sector and striking the right balance between environmental protection, health and safety and social performance will be critical for its ongoing growth,” he said.

“We encourage all interested parties to get involved and make submissions on the issues outlined in the discussion paper.”

The news has been welcomed by APPEA Chief Executive Dr Malcolm Roberts, who said the action plan will secure the state’s future as a leading local and global supplier of natural gas.

“With $70 billion invested in local liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, Queensland is now a world leader,” Dr Roberts said.

“With eastern Australia facing a significant supply shortfall by 2019, Queensland gas is becoming more and more important to the national economy.

“The industry congratulates the State government for recognising the need for regulatory reforms to boost local exploration and development.”

The Department of Natural Resources and Mines will be hosting an online webinar on Thursday December 8, from 11am.