Review of the Socioeconomic Impacts of Coal Seam Gas in Queensland
The Review of the socioeconomic impacts of coal seam gas in Queensland provides a timely synthesis of the impacts of CSG development, defined broadly to encompass both headline economic indicators and other factors which influence wellbeing.
It found that the economic impacts of CSG development are consistent with other natural resource developments, with net positive impacts on employment, income, output, and government revenue. Broader community impacts, including social, demographic, and health outcomes, differ from other developments as a result of the geospatial dispersion of CSG activities and uncertainties about potential environmental impacts.
The review also provides a range of insights and lessons learnt, including the need for early and genuine community engagement to achieve successful coexistence between the gas industry and local communities.