Topics:  coal seam gas, csg, kevin hogan

Hogan not ready to speak out on CSG taskforce

PAGE MP Kevin Hogan said he is waiting for the announcement of the federal government's CSG taskforce before commenting further on it.

"When the taskforce is formally announced I will use it as an opportunity to express the strong concerns the Page community and I have about coal seam gas in the electorate," he said.

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane acknowledged last week that he is working on the make-up and role of a taskforce to speed up coal seam gas development projects in New South Wales, despite the fact it is a state government responsibility.

The Financial Review reported that several members have already been hand-picked by the minister and that they have been working together since late last year.

Greens' senator Larissa Waters said it showed Mr Macfarlane was now "a mouthpiece for the industry" because the idea was first floated at the NSW Energy Conference where Mr Macfarlane said CSG was a top priority.

Kevin Hogan campaigned strongly on the issue of representing his community's opposition to coal seam gas development, saying he would bring it up in party room meetings and cross the floor if necessary.

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