Queensland becomes hot spot for CSG exploration

MORE than half of Queensland's local government areas are being actively drilled or considered for coal seam gas exploration, according to statistics released by the State Government.

As at July 1, at least 42 of the state's 73 local government regions had outstanding "environmental authorities" on them relating to the CSG industry.

In total, there were 229 permits already in place, 127 of which allowed for the drilling of gas wells.

A further 44 petroleum leases allowed for the eventual development of resources and 56 pipeline permits were issued for those funnelling the gas to facilities.

The figure covers the entire amount of permits in place, some of which may have been given approval years earlier.

The highest concentration of these permits was delivered to well-known gas boom areas including the Western Downs in south-west Queensland which had 55 outstanding permits.

The Isaac, Central Highlands and Gladstone regional councils in Central Queensland had 22, 31 and 22 respectively.

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