BACKGROUND BRIEFING: Getting your head around… coal seam gas – part 3: Is it worth it?

Tue May 22, 2012


As coal seam gas (CSG) continues to gain attention and generate controversy, the AusSMC is running a series of online background briefings to help journalists sift through the hype and understand the facts.

Briefing 3: Is it worth it? – focusing on how coal seam gas compares with Australia’s other energy options.

 Topics include:

  • The pros and cons of CSG: Is coal seam gas greener than other forms of energy?
  • Why is CSG seen as having a key role in the move to renewable energy?
  • What does the Queensland Government Water Commission draft report mean for CSG?
  • Will CSG become a predominant form of energy in Australia or will the majority continue to be exported?
  • What impact will increases in global energy demand have on demand for CSG?
  • What regulations are in place to look after our water resources?
  • Where are the gaps in regulation?
  • How do Australia’s regulations compare with other countries?

BRIEFING DETAILS:  To follow the full briefing, click here | Full transcript also available

DATE: Wednesday 23 May
DURATION: 50 min
VENUE:  Online


  • Professor Chris Moran, Interim Director of the Centre for Coal Seam Gas and Director of the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland | Chris’s presentation
  •  Dr Hugh Saddler, is an energy policy expert  who is a Principal Consultant with Pitt & Sherry and an Adjunct Professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society and an Associate of the Centre for Climate Economics & Policy, Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University | Hugh’s presentation
  • Associate Professor Samantha Hepburn, Centre for Rural and Regional Law and Justice, School of Law, Deakin University in Victoria | Samantha’s presentation


A coal seam gas resource page is now available with:






NB:  The AusSMC generally runs two different types of media briefings:
NEWS BRIEFINGS – Where new research or data will be released as part of the briefing
BACKGROUND BRIEFINGS – Where experts discuss an issue which is in the news or an issue we consider newsworthy, but no new research or data is being released