A gas company extracting liquid natural gas (LNG) from its reserves in the Surat and Bowen Basin has defending its fracking techniques.
GLNG made the comments about hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking” last night at a community meeting it hosted in Gladstone.
Chief executive Mark McFarlane responded to resident Tony Goodwin’s question about whether the process could leave noxious residues in the soil and water by saying he believes the amount of the chemicals used in fracking would not cause problems.
"We have all of our chemicals transparently displayed on our website and we are very confident that all the regulations in place from the Government are, the processes ensure that fracture stimulation is a very safe and environmentally responsible way of exploiting gas," he said.
But Goodwin said he believes the community has not been given enough information on fracking at community meetings by any LNG company.
"They provide good answers for us at this end of the gas pipeline but this is 500 kilometres away from the other end of the gas pipeline and it just didn’t ever seem to occur to them to give us both answers, the upstream answer and the downstream answer," he said.
"So I’ve asked the question tonight and I’m not overly convinced that I’ve heard the definitive answer but it seems as though there were no noxious outcomes.”
Fracking has been an increasing concern following reports that gas companies could install up to 500 wells on properties in Queensland.
Some of the wells were faulty and leaked toxic gases.
Senator Bill Heffernan is chairing an inquiry into the coal seam gas industry and its use of fracking and he told Australian Mining the current regulation in the industry is not good enough.
“The present regulation of coal seam gas mining is wild western regulation,” he told Australian Mining
“If one farmer is against it, they go around them and literally surround them rather than taking them to court, so they then have no choice but to surrender.
“These companies are multi billion dollar companies with a global agenda and if they have the right to overpower the individual farmer.”