Angry protesters demand independent industry review into science behind coal seam gas
THE State Government has admitted the science behind the potential $50 billion coal seam gas industry isn’t good enough, throwing down the gauntlet to the industry to fix it or go.
As farmers and environmentalists protested against the Government’s gas plans for Roma and the Surat Basin yesterday, Natural Resources Minister Stephen Robertson said the companies had to “answer some fundamental questions” to assure the community that their procedures had good scientific backing.
“The science is not complete and that is why the Co-ordinator General was so thorough and put those 1200 conditions on the projects,” Mr Robertson said.
A prime concern is the impact the industry will have on groundwater, particularly the Great Artesian Basin, which supplies water to farmers and residents of inland Queensland.
The coal seam gas process includes pumping gas from underground coal seams but that also means water and salt come to the surface.