People in New South Wales are being comprehensively misled by activists hell-bent on stopping a badly needed natural gas development at Narrabri, in the State’s north-west.
Two major landmarks for Australia’s natural gas industry this week further underlined the way the industry is firing economic growth and meeting the demands of both overseas and domestic customers.
There has been a flurry of activity on social media this week trying to accuse gas pipeline survey workers of trespass and suggesting police were considering arresting them.
Natural gas will be a growing part of the world’s energy mix for decades to come, according to the latest analysis by the International Energy Agency.
On the topic of natural gas supply, Queensland continues to deliver for Australia’s populous south-eastern states. NSW and Victoria are the biggest consumers of gas by far – hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs depend on natural gas, as do tens of thousands of small businesses and millions of consumers.
Wholesale electricity prices have been falling in South Australia – a state previously burdened with the highest prices in the world.
While most West Australians have come to terms that their Government is running a second inquiry into hydraulic fracturing – all at the taxpayers’ expense mind you – we were surprised to see that many of the issues and concerns raised in the Government’s Issues Paper have already been detailed in several previous scientific reports and inquiries.
Anyone suggesting the path to the renewable energy future is being somehow blocked by industry or political “dinosaurs” needs to take a good look at the facts, both on cost and the rapid rise of renewable energy.