109 members and guests were in attendance to hear the speaker, New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Energy, the Hon. Anthony Roberts, confirm just why his state isn’t making it easy for the pipeline and broader gas industry.
Proposed CSG projects in NSW have been hit hard in recent times, with a number of polices implemented to restrict exploration and development activities.
Earlier this year the NSW Government finalised its CSG reforms, which have resulted in safeguards established for approximately 5.3 million hectares (ha) of home and farmland.
Applying CSG exclusion zones to critical industry clusters (CIC), residential zones, an additional seven rural villages and future growth areas in 55 councils, CSG exclusion zones now apply to 2.7 million ha in NSW.
While the Minister’s speech was somewhat disappointing according to some attendees of the event, it did provoke debate and discussion that continued well after the dinner.
The APIA Sydney dinner was sponsored by CNC Project Management and Denso Corrosion Prevention.