CURTIS Island LNG company QGC has told the Federal Government proposed new regulations on coal seam gas would hit the industry hard with little return for taxpayers.
In a submission on the changes, the company argued attempts to measure fugitive emissions from natural gas production would cost the company at least $30,000 a well - but would only deliver $2300 per well in carbon tax.
QGC also argued the company cost would outweigh any environmental benefits.
The regulations aim to improve greenhouse gas measurements for calculating carbon tax in coal seam gas operations, and are set to be introduced in July.
QGC said that applying new regulations only to gas from coal seams was flawed because there was no specific difference in producing gas from coal seams or from any other gas reservoir.
It also said a year of public consultation only saw 17 public submissions made on the proposal.
But coal seam gas operations continue to draw public opposition.
Last week police were called when protesters chained themselves to a QGC truck at a drilling site north of Toowoomba.