Case causes frac­c­ing mess

Linc En­ergy found guilty on all charges in Bris­bane

The Western Star - - BEST OF THE WEST - John Weekes and Brooke Dun­can

EN­ERGY com­pany Linc En­ergy has been found guilty of all charges of caus­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age.

Jurors de­liv­ered their ver­dicts at Bris­bane District Court last Mon­day.

Linc, in liq­ui­da­tion, was not in court to de­fend the charges of caus­ing se­ri­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age at Chinchilla.

But five not-guilty pleas were en­tered on Jan­uary 29, the day the trial started.

No­body was in the dock and no de­fence lawyers were in court dur­ing the long, un­usual trial.

Jurors found Linc wil­fully and un­law­fully caused en­vi­ron­men­tal harm be­tween 2007 and 2013.

Sen­tenc­ing was set down for May 11.

The trial came af­ter the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion claimed Linc al­lowed meth­ane, hy­dro­gen, car­bon monox­ide and hy­dro­gen sul­phide to leak from the site.

Last month, it was re­ported the clean-up bill for con­tam­i­na­tion at the Linc site could reach al­most $80 mil­lion – and tax­pay­ers would have to fork out.

CON­TAM­I­NA­TION FREE: Hopeland land­hold­ers.

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