Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane, has reported that ‘risks and challenges’ associated with the coal seam gas industry can ‘in general’ be managed.
Prof O’Kane had been commissioned by the former NSW premier Mr O’Farrell to carry out a review of the industry in the light of ‘community concerns.’
Prof O’Kane’s review, compiled after extensive research across the community over 19 months, found that the industry could proceed, but with regulation and careful management. Santos, operators of the Narrabri Gas Project said the company was confident it could continue to develop the industry within the parameters and in a ‘safe and sustainable manner.’
This report is the final and overarching report of the independent review of coal seam gas activities in NSW.