Deputy Premier Minister Jeff Seeney.
Deputy Premier Minister Jeff Seeney.

Seeney warns legal changes mean lengthy CSG project delays

THE Queensland Government has attacked the Commonwealth's plan to impose stricter approval conditions on the coal seam gas and mining industry while its NSW counter-part has cautiously agreed to co-operate.

Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke announced proposed changes to environmental law to require Commonwealth approval for coal seam gas and large mining projects which have a significant impact on water resources.

While Mr Burke put it down to gaining more information from businesses, Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney believes it will create delays in the approval process.

"Tony Burke has always been about extending the reach of the Commonwealth in these approvals processes," he said.

"He has always been about frustrating the approvals process for political processes.

"There is not doubt that every time the government gets involved in this process it means an extension of time and further delays."

NSW Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard said his government had spent the last two years imposing stringent conditions on the coal seam gas industry.

But nevertheless, the NSW Government would work with the Commonwealth.

NSW Resources and Energy Minister Chris Hartcher said he hoped the announcement did not result in further delays.

"Hopefully whatever is being suggested by Minister Burke will not delay the achievement of ensuring business confidence in fast decision making in NSW," he said.


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