Last chance to fight
A SMALL but determined group of residents are making a last-ditch effort to stop toxic CSG waste being stored near water sources just outside Chinchilla.
We Kando, the company operating the Engine Rd waste facility less than 20km from town, received the necessary approvals from the state government and Western Downs Regional Council back in 2014 and 2016.
The approvals allow for toxic CSG waste – the salt and slurry that settles on the base of waste ponds – to be stored at the facility, which neighbours priority agricultural land and is less than 50m from Stockyard Creek, a water course that feeds into the Murray Darling catchment.
The group of residents, known as the Cameby Concerned Citizens Group (CCCG), have been fighting against the approvals for years, and now they’re down to their last chance – federal action by Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud.
CCCG, working with Lock the Gate (a national environmental protection alliance) received a report just this July, commissioned by the Environmental Defenders Office and completed by University of NSW Professor Stuart Khan.
Prof Khan concluded the project was high risk for water contamination – especially over the life of the facility – which would stretch into the decades.
That report, alongside one collated by Doctors for the Environment, provided what CCCG member Glen Beasley described as an objective, scientific basis to have the facility evaluated and, ideally, moved away from agriculture and water resources.
Mr Beasley got involved with the CCCG about two years ago. His property is close to the We Kando facility.
GROUP EFFORT: Glen Beasley is lobbying David Littleproud to intervene in their fight to stop 'We Kando' from accepting toxic byproducts of CSG activity.