Bligh should resign over CSG: Alan Jones

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Alan Jones has called on Queensland Premier Anna Bligh to be sacked over her handling of the coal seam gas industry.

In a speech to the National Press Club yesterday Jones said Bligh and her Treasurer Andrew Fraser were addicted to royalties.

He said the CSG industry in Queensland was out of control and had the potential to turn the state into a “moon crater”.

He said approvals of CSG mining were putting public health, water quality, and food security at risk.

He also took a shot at resource companies, and criticised them for overpowering the public debate on CSG.

“The mining industry is the Upper House of Queensland – nothing happens without their approval,” he said.

Jones said the environmental impact statements put forward by miners were also worthless.

He said the consultants that completed them were hired and paid for by resource companies, which reflected their pro-industry tilt.

“Of course they’re biased; the hired consultant becomes an advocate for the mining company,” he said.

“The terms of reference for these environmental impact statements assume that the proposals will go ahead.”

Earlier in the year the QLD Government announced it would provide legal assistance to landholders in their talks with CSG companies to ensure negotiations were fair.

The Government has also previously assured the public proper environmental processes would be followed for CSG expansion.

It says a properly managed CSG industry will help generate thousands of jobs and millions of dollars for the state.

Australian Mining attempted to contact Premier Bligh this morning but she was on leave, and Andrew Fraser was not available for comment.

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