Coal and Gas fields

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

THE Queens­land Govern­ment con­tin­ues to quickly clear a path­way for the devel­op­ment of coal and gas fields across much of Queens­land, in­clud­ing our district. The lat­est pro­posed changes to the Wa­ter Act should set off alarm bells with lo­cals. Many farm­ers are aware of the ap­palling dis­pen­sa­tion al­ready given to these mines un­der The Pe­tro­leum and Gas (Pro­duc­tion and Safety) Act 2004, re­gard­ing ground­wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion. These lat­est pro­pos­als would give them even more free ac­cess to ground­wa­ter. With 85% of Queens­land in drought and an El Nino form­ing, this is hardly the time to han­dover our wa­ter to the min­ing sec­tor. But this is only the begin­ning of the wa­ter prob­lem. Once used, this wa­ter is con­tam­i­nated and will sit in toxic ponds, be sprin­kled onto roads or al­lowed to con­tam­i­nate soil or clean wa­ter sup­plies This is not what we want in our re­gion. MAYNARD HEAP


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