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The NSW Government has introduced a range of measures designed to deliver greater protection to homes and agricultural land from the impacts of mining and coal seam gas (CSG) activity. It has done this by:  


  • implementing coal seam gas exclusion zones across 2.7 million hectares of NSW, covering current and future residential land and Critical Industry Clusters in the Upper Hunter 
  • safeguarding 2.8 million hectares of biophysical strategic agricultural land across the state by applying the Gateway process for State significant mining and coal seam gas proposals​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • implementing Critical Industry Clusters for the equine and viticulture industries in the Upper Hunter to ban new coal seam gas activity within those areas, and ensure proposals for State significant mining projects are scrutinised via the Gateway process
  • establishing a Mining and Petroleum Gateway Panel to scientifically assess mining and coal seam gas impacts on strategic agricultural land and its associated water resources 
  • introducing regulations governing exploration activity, overseen by a Land and Water Commissioner
  • introducing an Aquifer Interference Policy
  • developing Guidelines and technical notes for preparing an Agricultural Impact Statement for State significant development applications
  • introducing Codes of Practice; one for fracture stimulation and another for well integrity
  • establishing an Office of Coal Seam Gas
  • implementing the findings of the Independent review into CSG activity in NSW by the Chief Scientist and Engineer
  • implementing the NSW Gas Plan


Further information:

Telephone: 1300 305 695

Page last updated: 21/04/2017