Martin Nicholson, Brunswick Heads
Now that the NSW government seems to have restricted CSG mining and Metgasco has suspended activities locally, perhaps it is time to take a deep breath and consider the consequences.
Many people in NSW, including in this area, rely on gas for cooking. Further south, particularly in Sydney, they rely on it for both cooking and heating.
NSW has limited supplies of conventional gas. Already we import gas from both Victoria and Queensland. As local supplies dwindle, gas prices are expected to rise significantly over the next decade. That means more expensive cooking and, for some, more expensive heating as well.
The only solution to lowering gas prices is to increase gas supply. NSW has significant reserves of CSG that it would like to use to increase gas supply and restrict price rises.
I am no fan of burning gas for too much longer because of greenhouse gas emissions. But to replace all gas appliances with electricity will be very costly for most households.
So I wonder how the good people of NSW will feel about CSG when they realise that local objections to mining may have made a significant contribution to increasing their gas bills?