Greens calls for coal seam gas monitoring

The Greens have called for independent monitoring of the growing coal seam gas sector.

The Greens have called for independent monitoring of the growing coal seam gas sector.

This comes on the back of a Liberal National Party (LNP) proposal for a coal seam gas (CSG) authority made up of landholders and council.

However, the Greens believe this will not aid in preventing environmental damage.

The Greens stated that the LNP’s proposal has put the cart before the horse.

We would have liked to see the LNP join with the Greens and with the community groups in the call for the moratorium," QLD Greens spokesperson Libby Connors told the ABC.

"The whole idea for the moratorium was for the industry to prove before it began that it could do the drilling and extract the gas without harm to the underground water systems."

But the LNP refuted this claim, saying that communities affected by mining operations should have a say in how they are monitored.

"What we’re talking about is a statutory authority that can give the community the confidence that they deserve by having an oversight role in the whole process," LNP mines spokesperson Jeff Seeney said.

Coal seam gas has seen a boom in activity within Queensland’s Bowen, Surat and Galilee basins in the last few years.

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