Moratorium On Lng Exploration

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Queensland Conservation 166 Ann St, Brisbane, QLD 4000 


ABN: 89 717 887 219

Ph: 07 3221 0188    

Fax: 07 3229 7992

reception@qccqld.org.au       


For Immediate Release                                                                  22 October 2010


QCC Calls for Moratorium on Coal Seam Gas Exploration


BTEX chemicals (benzene, toluene, ethylene and xylene) have been detected in 8

exploration wells run by Australia Pacific LNG in the Surat Basin


This incident follows contamination from the Cougar UCG plant in Kingaroy. It follows

warnings from the Coordinator-General who commented (on another LNG plant) in

June that:


‘(The Santos LNG proposal) has the potential to result in widespread, irreversible and

serious environmental harm….’


In July environment groups and concerned landholders rallied outside Parliament

and called for a prohibition on new coal mining and coal seam gas extraction on

cropping lands, in proximity to towns, areas of high ecological value and adjacent to

Protected Areas


The concerned organisations specifically urged a moratorium on all LNG

operations until all social and environmental issues are resolved.


These calls gained the support of all Independents in the Queensland Parliament but

not the support of the ALP or the LNP.


This Friday Commonwealth Environment Minister Tony Burke is expected to

announce his decision on approvals for the Santos LNG in the Surat Basin.


‘The Queensland Government has charged headlong into supporting fossil fuel

explorations without properly assessing the social and environmental costs. Its time

to stop the madness and put a halt on exploration until safeguard can be guaranteed,

said Toby Hutcheon,’ Executive Director of Queensland Conservation


For More Information: Toby Hutcheon 3221 0188/0417 664 503


For media Interviews: Drew Hutton 0428 487 110 


Media Release

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The expansion of the fossil fuel industry in Queensland is

threatening agriculture, food security, groundwater and the

environment. It is increasing greenhouse gas emissions. 


Farmers and environmentalists are calling for a new approach to

Queensland’s future. Queensland must remove its support for

industries that pollute. We need a Government prepared to act for

a clean and sustainable Queensland. 


Clean energy and sustainable agriculture are the heart and soul

of a sustainable Queensland. 


As a first step to a more sustainable Queensland, we want:




A ban on underground coal gasification










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