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Linc Energy found guilty on all charges in Brisbane
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.
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