The Courier-Mail

Workers hurt at gas plant

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FOUR Queensland Government workers were hospitalis­ed while investigat­ing an undergroun­d coal gasificati­on plant at the centre of serious pollution allegation­s.

The Environmen­t Department investigat­ors suffered suspected gas poisoning while testing soil at the site of the Linc Energy operation at Hopeland, west of Brisbane.

One of the workers said he was nauseous for several hours and blood tests showed elevated levels of carbon monoxide.

A study commission­ed by the Environmen­t Department says gases released at the plant have caused permanent acidificat­ion of soil.

In June, the department levelled a fifth charge of causing serious environmen­tal harm against Linc Energy, which has denied any wrongdoing and said it would defend all charges before the courts.

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