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CSG restrictions in NSW open opportunities for Queensland

Glen Schaefer addresses protestors outside Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker’s office.

A TOP Queensland bureaucrat said the state should be "excited" about New South Wales continuing its campaign to frustrate the coal seam gas industry through strict regulations.

Department of State Development executive director Dennis Bird made the comments during the Queensland Major Projects conference held in Brisbane on Thursday.

During a panel discussion titled, "Where to next for the Queensland gas industry" , Mr Bird was asked whether Queensland would benefit from NSW gas restrictions put in place earlier this year.

Intense public opposition to CSG development has proved far more persuasive to the NSW Government than the industry's sales pitch, and even the looming threat of increasing gas prices.

For Mr Bird, all of these factors are good for Queensland.

"I'm excited by NSW's attitude," he said. "It does open us up for opportunities for gas exported to NSW and opportunities.

"We want to exploit as much of our gas resources as we possibly can. Get as much gas as we can and if NSW and Victoria take it, then good luck to Queensland."

The Queensland Times, Owen Jacques - 8 November 2013

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