Deputy Premier Minister Jeff Seeney.
Deputy Premier Minister Jeff Seeney.

Seeney does hard-sell on CSG at annual APPEA conference

A FEROCIOUS pro-gas campaign matching that which derailed the Commonwealth's early plans for a mining super profits tax was pushed by Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney as he addressed the industry's peak conference on Wednesday.

He said it was the key for the industry if it was to avoid being held hostage to knee-jerk reactions.

Mr Seeney addressed the APPEA 2013 conference on Tuesday morning - introduced and thanked as "Mr Sweeney".

After a quick , "There is no 'W' in my name", Mr Seeney said Queensland's strength in gas development - in stark contrast to the suffocation of the sector in New South Wales - relied on the state ensuring opposition did not undermine development.

The Deputy Premier said plans for harsher water regulation on coal seam gas projects, and demands for a CSG moratorium from the Federal Greens, were powerful threats.

This forging of legislation was being driven both in New South Wales and on a Federal level by a staunch and vocal opposition to gas development.

Mr Seeney said it was time to begin firing back.

"The resources industry took up the fight against Canberra's ill-considered tax on mining," he said.

"I'd urge you to take the fight up to the radical greens' campaign with a similar vigour because it has the potential to cost your industry many times more."

"I suggest to you that your industry will need to be a lot more proactive in building your case and defending your position - it is unquestionably an increasingly important part of doing business in the resources industry and it will be so for the foreseeable future."

Queensland is currently one of the world's emerging hotspots for coal seam gas and liquefied natural gas.

Once $60 billion in projects under construction on Curtis Island off Gladstone are operating, up to $3.billion per year could be pumped into State coffers.

Mr Seeney said the State would stand firm with the CSG industry against criticism from green groups as long as the sector was behaving.

"Your operations and actions are under minute and constant scrutiny, and you should always be able to withstand that scrutiny,' he said.

"But the resources industry is also all too often the subject of unwarranted and intense scare campaigns and none more so than in the coal seam gas industry.

"What I want to say to you today is that ours is a government that will stand by you to establish the facts and the science and use those facts and that science as a basis for our decision making."

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