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Public needs to better understand the importance of natural gas: PACIA

The chief executive
of the Plastics and Chemical Industry Association, Samantha Read, will argue
the need for a better public appreciation of the importance of natural gas.

The PACIA CEO will give the keynote address – titled Manufacturing Our Future With Gas – today at the Australian Domestic Gas Outlook 2015 in Sydney.

She will argue for a better
understanding of the resource, including in terms of jobs, as a power source,
and as a feedstock.

Australian chemistry industry adds value to 10% of the country’s domestic gas,
using it as an essential and non-substitutable feedstock,” she said in a

“In some states, such as New South Wales, this
can be as high as 25%.”

products of this advanced chemistry add significant value to Australia’s
resources and enable other sectors in the economy to succeed.

Also addressing the Domestic Gas
conference – which runs from March 23 – 26 – today will be former Labor federal resources
minister Martin Ferguson, who will criticise the NSW Labor opposition’s
commitment to cancelling CSG mining at Narrabri.

News Corp reports that Ferguson, who
is now a chair of oil and gas lobby APPEA’s advisory board, will tell the
conference Like Foley’s opposition is motivated by the sensitivity of the issue
in north coast seats.

According to Ferguson, Foley “does not care about
jobs or ­energy security”.


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