The Federal Government is funding research into new ways to develop Australia’s unconventional gas resources, including coal seam gas, shale gas and tight gas.

Minister for Industry and Science, Ian Macfarlane, says the newly-unveiled Domestic Gas Strategy will provide the framework for gas development based on scientific data and expertise.

“Unconventional gas, including coal seam and shale gas, is already a big part of Australia’s gas supply, accounting for around 40 per cent of production in the eastern Australian gas market,” Mr Macfarlane said this week.

“It will become even more important over the next decade in meeting domestic and international demand.

“Greater understanding of the importance of gas development is essential to help underpin Australia’s future national economic wellbeing.

“We also expect industry to take responsibility for its own future. This means being involved in meaningful and proactive engagement with communities and acting to understand and mitigate unwanted environmental or social impacts of its activities.

“By undertaking and distributing scientific research, the Australian Government supports the work of regulators and helps communities realise the benefits of responsible development.

“A vast amount of research has been completed or is underway to answer crucial environmental, health and other socio-economic questions.”

More information is available at the official Domestic Gas Strategy site