Moggill Greens candidate Jake Schoermer and Mount Ommaney candidate Jenny Mulkearns responded to reports of coal seam gas exploration permits for large parts of their electorates by saying “The Greens have been warning for some time that the multinational CSG companies will seek to explore for and develop coal seam gas without undue concern for where that may be or those who live there, but it’s actually in our backyard”, said Mr. Schoermer
“Many residents in the Moggill electorate have assumed that coal seam gas only directly affects farmers on the Darling Downs, not suburbs and acreage properties in Brisbane’s west.”
“DME maps show that the Arrow subsidiary BNG has been granted an exploration tenement in an area that covers Mount Crosby, Pinjarra Hills, Anstead, Karana Downs, Pullenvale, Bellbowrie, Moggill, parts of Brookfield as far as the eastern side of Rafting Ground Road, and to within approximately 2km of Kenmore Village Shopping Centre”, he said.
“Even with Labor’s buffer zone from towns with over 1,000 people, many landholders in the electorate remain unprotected”, he added.
Ms. Mulkearns noted that Riverhills, Westlake and Middle Park were also included in the exploration area.
“CSG exploration has been granted in the inner city Sydney suburb of St. Peters, and we could still see coal seam gas in the part of the Mount Ommaney electorate to the south of Riverhills”, she said.
Mr. Schoermer noted that “Companies do not explore without the goal of developing production facilities where this is viable. Production fields have kilometres of pipes in addition to the well-heads, and even if we set aside all the environmental concerns, affected property owners can look forward to the possibility of significant loss of amenity and the devaluing of their properties if CSG comes their way.”
Mr.Schoermer said that neither the LNP nor the ALP have stood up to the CSG industry. “Permission for Coal Seam Gas exploration in Brisbane’s west has come on the watch of a long-term local LNP member in Moggill, and ALP member in Mount Ommaney, and under an ALP government.”
“Landholders may not be aware that they don’t ultimately have the legal right to prevent exploration and development, but they do have the political right to express their views about the prospect of CSG coming to Moggill – and Mount Ommaney - in the ballot box on Saturday.”
“In line with Greens policy Jenny and I support an absolute moratorium on further CSG development and the industry’s encroachment on west Brisbane clearly makes this an issue for area voters”, he said.