Exclusive meeting told of Australians’ approval of uranium mining, coal seam gas
Meanwhile, about 40 protestors turned up to voice their concerns outside the exclusive hotel.
CSG will be accepted, just like uranium: Hartcher ABC News 18 Aug 12, By Elyse Denman The Minister for Energy and Resources, Chris Hartcher, has told an energy forum in Armidale that coal seam gas will be accepted as an energy source, just like uranium.
The Minster says he’s convinced that public concern surrounding the coal seam gas industry will subside over time, just like the debate over uranium.
“There is no longer a community concern about uranium exploration or uranium mining,” he said.
“If we can address the issues of community concern with gas then that
debate, too, will move on.”
The invitation-only meeting, which excluded renewable energy
providers, included 40 private businesses…… The forum was hosted
by Regional Development Australia Northern Inland under the auspices
of the NSW government.
The Minister defended his government’s support of the the CSG meeting,
while leaving alternative energy producers off the guest list.
Chris Hartcher says there was nothing untoward about it……
Meanwhile, about 40 protestors turned up to voice their concerns
outside the exclusive hotel.
Executive director of an alternative energy company on the Tablelands,
Adam Blakester, says his company is working on a number of
community-owned projects involving wind and solar energy.
Adam Blakester says the CSG forum is out of touch with simple, economic reality.
“There are a number of problems with coal seam gas; one that it’s too
costly and the other that it has too little public support,” he said.
“APPEA and Santos simply need to put a set of financial numbers on the
table for any of us who can interpret them as to how they’re going to
do this that is in any way affordable, because it’s not.”
Energy and Resources Minister, Chris Hartcher, did concede that major
gas contracts in NSW will begin to expire from 2014.