No softening CSG restrictions, NSW Resources Minister vows
NSW RESOURCES Minister Chris Hartcher has ruled out softening tough restrictions on coal seam gas announced in February, despite the NSW Planning Department refusing to clarify if they apply to regional towns and hamlets.
At yesterday's "energy security summit" in Sydney, planned to find a solution to the state's approaching gas shortage, Mr Hartcher said the Government's "protective framework" on CSG extraction was "non-negotiable".
But when confirmation of his statements was requested from NSW Planning Department - in charge of finalising the restrictions - it refused to comment.
Planning Minister Brad Hazzard said in February the restrictions would make CSG exploration and production off-limits in "country towns, suburbs, villages and critical industry clusters across NSW".
He hailed the policy as providing "the toughest set of CSG regulations in Australia".
Mr Hazzard is expected to finalise the restrictions soon.