WELCOME: The leader of the Nationals party Warren Truss (right) receives newly elected Nationals MP Kevin Hogan during a party meeting at Parliament House in Canberra yesterday.
WELCOME: The leader of the Nationals party Warren Truss (right) receives newly elected Nationals MP Kevin Hogan during a party meeting at Parliament House in Canberra yesterday. LUKAS COCH

Hogan remains opposed to CSG

KEVIN Hogan says while he can see where the Coalition's pro-CSG Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane, is coming from, he remains opposed to unconventional gas mining in the Page electorate.

Mr Hogan was asked to give his position after the Minister for Industry told an energy security summit of gas industry stakeholders he wanted to see more CSG rigs in place "by Christmas".

He also advocated for a "one-stop CSG shop" streamlining Federal and State regulations.

"I understand where Ian is coming from, he sees our energy needs are increasing and wants to change the process," Mr Hogan said.

"But I have been very clear in my opinion and my communication that there are three big questions around CSG."

Mr Hogan said these were the industry's impact on water quality, air quality and the industrialisation of the rural landscape.

And he said areas that had already been made into gas fields were more sparsely populated and had fewer water-table issues than his electorate.

"They don't call us the Northern Rivers for nothing.

"And our community have real concerns, and it's not just a noisy minority."

He said he had raised some of these concerns with Mr Macfarlane and found him to be receptive to the view the Northern Rivers was a special case.

"He sees that and doesn't take issue with that but he's looking at the issue from a whole-of-country perspective. "

The company that drilled a test site at Glenugie in the Clarence Valley, Metgasco, was asked whether changes to State Government regulations would lead to a restarting of drilling.

Metgasco failed to reply before time of print.



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