Opinion article* on Coal Seam Gas published in The Conversation written by Professor Bill Collins,  Director of the NSW Institute for Frontiers Geoscience at the University of Newcastle.

New South Wales is the only major state in Australia that does not have energy security. Its reliance on Victorian and Queensland gas, paired with the vital role gas plays in its homes and industries, have put it in a precarious position.

To put it bluntly, the state is heading for a major energy crisis in the next three or four years, and that will severely affect its future living standards and economic growth.

The recently released independent report on coal seam gas (CSG) – written by NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane – recommends the government commit to a strong regulatory and monitoring system within the CSG industry, and highlights the need for world-class engineering practice. Though the report recommends this commitment and champions further research on environmental impacts, we need to move quickly.

READ the full opinion article in The Conversation.

READ a second article by Professor Collins in The Conversation ‘FatCheck: does Australia have a gas supply problem?’ in response to Australian Greens’s leader Christine Milne’s comment “I’ve yet to see any evidence that we have a [gas] supply crisis in Australia at all.” – Australian Greens’ leader Christine Milne, Fairfax Google+ hangout, 26 August.

This Coal Seam Gas Conversation in the press:

SBS – Does Australia have a gas crisis?

Mining Australia 

AFR – Demand to sort out CSG ‘ideological crusaders’

* Opinion pieces represent the author’s views.