Industry launches pro-gas campaign

AUSTRALIA'S coal seam gas producers have launched a major advertising campaign focused on the investment, jobs and environmental benefits of the industry.

The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association produced the campaign which shows how coal seam gas is providing opportunities for Queensland and New South Wales communities.

APPEA chief operating officer (eastern Australia) Rick Wilkinson said based on community feedback, people wanted coal seam gas.

Mr Wilkinson said there was growing frustration the "loudest voices"; in the energy debate had been "largely alarmist and their claims unsubstantiated".

"This campaign marks the re-emergence of a fact-based energy security debate in Australia and gives voice to the many Australians who want new jobs, cleaner energy, and the revitalisation of regional communities that comes with the gas industry's expansion," he said.

The "We Want CSG" campaign is backed by some of Australia's largest energy companies including AGL, Santos, and Origin Energy, and by major foreign investors such as British Gas, PetroChina, Shell, and ConocoPhillips.

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