After more than six months under the LNP, community concerns about Queensland’s coal seam gas industry remain unaddressed, say the Queensland Greens.
Despite the pre-election rhetoric about ‘appropriate balance’ and ‘world’s best social and environmental outcomes’, I’m struggling to see any significant change,” said Queensland Greens Senate candidate, Adam Stone.
The CSG industry still operates outside the Water Act, which means that unlike everyone else they don’t have to remain within sustainable groundwater extraction limits.
The industry’s greenhouse footprint, especially as the result of upstream fugitive emissions from pipes, wellheads and processing infrastructure, remains unknown.
The Scenic Rim is no more protected from the CSG industry than it was under Labor, and given that the LNP has been sounding out Councils about abolishing regional planning, they may soon lack the tools to honour that election commitment.
And land holders still lack the ability to refuse CSG development on their land, meaning that they have no way of ensuring fair compensation.
Communities suffering the attentions of the CSG industry might well be questioning whether we had an election at all.”
Contact Adam Stone 0417 629 852
Adam will address an anti-CSG demonstration beginning 10am today at the Main Foyer entrance to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, cnr Glenelg & Merivale Streets. The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association is holding a CSG conference inside.