‘CSG threatens water and food production’

Santos plan for 6,100 new CSG wells in Queensland is a recipe for disaster for the Great Artesian Basin and for landholders who depend on it,’’ 
Western Downs Alliance say ‘CSG companies pose threat to water and food production’
A GROUP with half a dozen “very active members’’ will take on the Federal Government over its approval of a massive coal seam gas project north of Roma.
Using the same tactics and the same legal group used against Adani, the Western Downs Alliance will challenge the federal Government’s environmental approval of a 6100 gas well development over about 1 million hectares.
The gas industry fears it will be the first of a wave of legal challenges against CSG after the same strategy has successfully delayed major coal projects in Queensland. Picture: Claudia Baxter

The industry fears it will be the first of a wave of legal challenges against CSG after the same strategy has successfully delayed major coal projects in Queensland.

WDA spokeswoman Sarah Moles said the challenge was based on the group’s concerns about the legality of the process used by Environment Minister Greg Hunt in green-lighting the development, particularly the water trigger.

She said the group was not receiving any funding from other activist groups and instead rely on some “serious fund raising’’.

“The Santos plan for 6,100 new CSG wells in Queensland is a recipe for disaster for the Great Artesian Basin and for landholders who depend on it,’’ Ms Moles said.
“In this case it appears from the documents that Minister Hunt didn’t assess the impact that the inevitable release of large volumes of waste water from the CSG project into the Dawson River would have.

“The people of Qld are sick and tired of CSG companies riding roughshod over farmers and communities, and putting long-term water supplies and food production under threat.

“We’re determined to test whether this approval was given lawfully, and to act in the interests of landholders and water resources in our region.

“The next step in our case is crucial — we have asked the Minister to provide all of the documents that he relied upon to make his decision to approve the project.” she said

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