Workers hurt at gas plant
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.