Coal Seam Gas is “a significant environmental issue”

Not us saying that, but rather NSW Environment Protection Agency CEO Barry Buffier.

In statements made to a NSW Parliamentary inquiry into the performance of the EPA Mr Buffier was challenged as to whether the the agency was spending too much time investigation the CSG industry when (according to Upper House Liberal MP Mr. Scot MacDonald) “the impact on the environment (of the CSG industry) by all accounts is very, very, very small”.

Mr Buffier stated that “my assessment is that yes (coal seam gas is a significant environmental issue). The evidence would indicate that it’s what happens with the produced water and the impact on the aquifers, which is likely to be an area where environmentally things could go wrong”

Read the report in the SMH here:

..or see page 5 if you’re reading the paper today the good old tactile way.