Ac­tivist group to talk coal seam gas min­ing

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COAL seam gas min­ing in Cen­tral Queens­land is on the agenda at a Mackay Con­ser­va­tion Group meet­ing.

The group’s gen­eral meet­ing on Tues­day from 6.30pm at the En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre on Wood Street fol­lows its re­cent screen­ing of anti-CSG film The Bent­ley Ef­fect. Coal seam gas min­ing has proved con­tro­ver­sial across the coun­try, and namely in Northern Rivers, New South Wales, where pro­test­ers at Bent­ley held a block­ade to pre­vent drilling.

“Here in Cen­tral Queens­land we also face coal seam gas de­vel­op­ments,” Mackay Con­ser­va­tion Group has stated.

“Gas wells are in place around Mo­ran­bah and ex­plo­ration has oc­curred on the coast and in­land. At our next gen­eral meet­ing we’ll dis­cuss the plans that are in place to de­velop CSG in our re­gion so we can pre­pare our­selves and the com­mu­nity to op­pose it.”

Ear­lier this month, Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Northern Aus­tralia Matt Cana­van de­manded south­ern states ex­tract their own gas amid warn­ings Queens­lan­ders face power bill hikes be­cause of so-called green-pan­der­ing gov­ern­ments.

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