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Energy chief slams Greens' bid on CSG


Source; The Australian, 14 May 2013


THE energy sector has attacked proposals by the Greens that would further tighten the approval process for coal-seam gas projects as a Trojan horse designed to shut down the industry.

The Senate will tomorrow debate a Labor bill to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act to include a "water trigger" which would enable the federal environment minister to veto CSG and large coalmine projects that affect a water source.

Environment Minister Tony Burke said last night he believed "the bill in its current form strikes the right balance".

But Greens environment spokeswoman Larissa Waters has tabled a series of amendments to enable applying the law retrospectively, giving landholders more authority to block access and expanding projects to include shale gas extraction and tight gas extraction.

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