QUEENSLAND'S new coal seam gas industry watchdog says he will take the state government to task if it does not prosecute breaches properly.The former boss of agricultural lobby group AgForce, John Cotter, was appointed to oversee the Liberal National Party government's Gasfields Land and Water Commission.
He said one of the commission's main roles would be to listen to community and industry concerns about regulation of the CSG industry.
Mr Cotter said he would make sure the government uses its power to prosecute gas companies over any environmental or regulatory breaches.
"We will have the opportunity and power to overview their actions to see that they are meeting community expectations," he said.
Mr Cotter said the commission will consider whether much of the regulation currently holding the CSG and liquefied natural gas (LNG) industries to account was necessary.
"If those regulations are delivering that environmental practice then that's what those companies have got to live with," he said.
"But if regulation is there impeding their progress . . . then it needs to be looked at."
Mr Cotter said fracking, the controversial process used to extract gas from coal seams, would also be subject a scientific review.
"I'm not too sure how many people understand it or know what's going on," he said.
The commissioner said he was looking for six assistant commissioners to help lead the new Toowoomba-based body.
The regulatory body has 30 days to hear community concerns before it drafts its policies and procedures.