A recent deal conferring NSW farmers with the right to refuse coal seam gas exploitation has cast doubt over the potential for the fossil fuel to "reboot the mining and energy boom."

While trade minister Andrew Robb recently told foreign investors and members of the international mining sector in Hong Kong that coal seam gas has the potential to transform Australia into the world’s biggest LNG exporter, the fossil fuel’s economic potential in NSW could be severely stymied by a deal which…