Domestic gas strategy underpinned by science and technology

The Domestic Gas Strategy released by the Australian Government recognises that unconventional gas production – which includes gas from shales and from coal seams – is an important part of the nation’s current and future energy mix and its economic prosperity.

Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) Acting Chief Executive Paul Fennelly said: “Unconventional gas accounts for 40 per cent of production in the eastern Australian gas market.

“It also contributes significantly to our export market as Australia remains on track to be the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by the end of the decade.”

Mr Fennelly said the government’s commitment to provide communities with more information about how industry is regulated, as well as research undertaken by reputable government agencies such as the CSIRO and Geoscience Australia, is a positive step forward.

He said: “Industry will also continue to do more to inform communities about the science and technology that is driving significant investment in rural Australia and underpinning a world-class industry.

“We are already seeing the results of greater community interaction in Queensland where ongoing community consultation has led to a significant understanding of resource operations.

“As the Productivity Commission recently found, scientific evidence shows that the technical challenges and risks posed by gas development can be managed through a well-designed regulatory regime.

“APPEA looks forward to working with the government to ensure Australia continues to benefit from safe and responsible resource production.”

The Domestic Gas Strategy is available at http://www.industry.gov.au/DomesticGasStrategy