3 July 2015

Macfarlane tells state government to sort out coal seam gas

State governments in New South Wales and Victoria need to sort out their coal seam gas industries or they will face monstrous supply issues, Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane said at the recent Australia's Energy Future roundtable co-hosted by The Australian Financial Review and GE.

Macfarlane says activism is basically strangling the gas supply in the east coast gas market, as politicking and emotive ill-informed comment seems to be winning the argument over science.

Similar to the climate change debate, it seems the noisiest voices and not necessarily the most informed are being heard, he says.

The minister says he warned of shortages five years ago but his remarks went unheard.