Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Rick Wilkinson, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Chief Operating Officer for Eastern Australia

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Rick Wilkinson, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Chief Operating Officer for Eastern Australia

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Byline: WORDS: The CSG industry helps the country meet greenhouse gas emission targets.

GAS companies have co-existed with Queensland farmers for more than 50 years, and we look forward to another half a century or more of working with regional Australia in gas development.

Let me make this clear. No coal seam gas company has forced its way on to a landowner's property.

Regional Queensland is supportive of CSG, with more than 9000 jobs created on the back of this industry.

Those areas that have CSG activity have some of the highest employment rates in Australia.

Regional medical facilities and infrastructure, including airports, have been expanded because of the industry.

For those people who are concerned about the industry's impact on the environment, it is worth noting that three years of environmental evaluations and reviews by governments and consultants are required before approval of projects, which ensures the best possible environmental answer.

The impact on land from CSG mining is only 1-2% of the total area, and well locations can usually be moved to fit landowner requirements. …

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