When I attacked the $50 billion coal seam gas industry’s management practices I knew there would be a sharp reaction but I was surprised at what happened.

A great many in the industry actually agreed that there had been a vast number of mistakes, usually caused because the crazy race to get into production quickly caused companies to cut corners (Beware the CSG enfants terribles). But everyone said it was the "other" groups that were the problem. Origin chief executive Grant King phoned me to say that Origin had bought large areas of land before Santos made its purchase and had been producing coal seam gas for a long time. With its partners, including ConocoPhillips, it had not fast tracked the development and they had good relations with most farmers, he said. He made good points.