Coal Seam Gas

  • Cristelle MaurinEmail author
Part of the The Political Economy of the Asia Pacific book series (PEAP)


This chapter focuses on the development of the coal seam gas industry in Australia. The rapid development of unconventional energy resources since the mid-2000s has left the community divided with regard to the benefits and risks involved, and has risen to prominence in the Australian policy debate. In 2015, the Australian Government adopted its Domestic Gas Strategy, which emphasises the development of onshore gas resources as a national priority and recognises the need to ensure the responsible development of coal seam, shale and tight gas resources for the benefit of all Australians. “Introduction” section of this chapter discusses the significance of coal seam gas resources in the Australian context. “The Growth of the Coal Seam Gas Industry in Australia” section considers the issues that have arisen in relation to the growth of the coal seam gas industry and its impacts on communities. “Coal Seam Gas, Water, Air Pollution and Communities” section reflects on the regulation of coal seam gas activities. The conclusion addresses questions about the future of the industry.



Carbon Dioxide


Council of Australian Governments


Coal Seam Gas


Energy Information Administration


Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development




Standing Council on Energy and Resources


United States of America


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Office - DVC (Research and Innovation), Research and Innovation DivisionUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

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