They want gas but not in their backyard, industry says
WIDESPREAD gas shortages could be on the horizon, according to The Energy Users Association.
The association claims communities are using gas, but adopting a 'not in my backyard' approach to coal seam gas mining, possibly leading to higher prices and restrictions on households.
They are calling for premiers and energy ministers to conduct an urgent crisis meeting with large energy users and producers to control soaring gas prices and inadequate domestic access to long term contracts.
The association said opening up new gas reserves should be under consideration.
Gas producers are not doing enough to educate politicians and concerned rural communities about the safety and security around CSG mining.
"Gas producers are not doing enough to educate politicians and concerned rural communities about the safety and security around CSG mining, association chief executive Phil Barresi said.
"The EUAA backs the call for new reserves to be tapped conditional upon there being a demonstrated willingness by the producers to take local needs, such as access to long-term affordable gas contracts, into their considerations.
"Local manufacturers are being stung and many will consider closing or moving overseas when further gas price hikes hit in 2015/16, leading to job losses in NSW."
The association is adamant that more awareness is needed about the economic benefits of the "unconventional" gas.
"This is not a call for domestic reservation but a call to ensure domestic needs are taken into account," Mr Barresi said.
"We already have one supplier in NSW that has been banking its reserves."
The EUAA is an industry body for Australia's energy users, including manufacturers, retailers and resource-based industries.
Last week marked gas shortages in NSW, with Australian energy infrastructure company Alinta asking 400 industrial consumers to avoid using gas for anything non-essential to operations.
It was thought particularly cold weather along the east coast was to blame for an increase in demand.
Opposition to coal seam gas mining in the Tweed has been strong, with multiple protests held in Murwillumbah, Tyalgum and Crystal Creek, among other locations.
Are you happy to pay more for gas to keep CSG out of the Northern Rivers?
This poll ended on 25 June 2013.
Yes, I will pay more for gas to keep CSG out.
No, I want cheaper gas even if it means CSG in the region.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.