New South Wales sets up coal seam gas exclusion zones

03/18/2013
The government of New South Wales plans to establish 2-km exclusion zones around towns in the state with populations above 1,000 or more people to keep coal seam gas exploration and production activity away from residential areas. The exclusion zone will cover future expansion of residential areas in Sydney's northwest and southwest as well as away from sensitive industries such as wineries and horse studs. In addition, Mary O'Kane, state chief scientist, has been asked to undertake a review of CSG activities and hand down her initial report by July. Under the new rules the CSG industry will be regulated by the Environment Protection Agency, which will be given the power to revoke licence...
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