Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis at the Truck Drivers Memorial service on Saturday. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis at the Truck Drivers Memorial service on Saturday. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

Designated gas fields idea supported by MP

CLARENCE MP Chris Gulaptis has welcomed an expert's calls for designated gas fields in New South Wales.

The state's chief scientist Professor Mary O'Kane made the claim in her review on the NSW CSG industry.

Mr Gulaptis said coal seam gas drilling areas must be geologically tested.

"It's all about science and fact, and not about emotion," he said.

"The most important thing is the science has to be done first before the coal seam gas extraction is proposed.

"Make sure that your geology and your hydrology is right and then I think everything else will follow."

Mr Gulaptis said there needed to be boundaries where the industry could not operate and agriculture had to be protected.

"There will be some places where it can be carried out, there will be other places where it can't be carried out," he said.

"If it's unconducive to gas extraction then it becomes a problem.

"Clearly there are some areas where there are some land use conflicts and those areas have to be very closely examined so that neither one is impacted on.

"And in particular our long-term agricultural productivity and food security should not be compromised."

- APN NEWSDESK


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