NSW voters against CSG: poll

A new poll has shown 75 per cent of NSW voters oppose coal seam gas exploration on agricultural land.

A Fairfax Media/Nielsen poll revealed fewer than one in five backs allowing the process, with only 17 per cent supporting it.

The poll showed opposition is as strong among Coalition voters (75 per cent) as Labor voters (73 per cent).

The poll comes as the government was criticised for still not signing a protocol to refer big coal and coal seam gas projects to a national expert panel for guidance on environmental impact.

The poll also came as gas company Dart Energy announced it would cut 70 per cent of its workforce- about 100 jobs- and shelve its operations in NSW as a result of state and federal policy changes.

In February, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell banned coal seam gas activity within two kilometres of residential areas and within horse-breeding and wine producing regions.

Since then the government has recommended to allow councils to remove protections in their area. This does not protect agricultural land in the same way.

The poll results come as the government is trying to aid coal seam gas development by sending community liaison officers to affected areas.

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