More CSG means more mental disorders: psychiatrist

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A psychiatrist has told the NSW Government inquiry into coal seam gas he expects the rate of mental disorders to rise as a result of the industry’s expansion.

The ABC reports that recently retired doctor Steve Robinson said more work needed to be done on the impact of the CSG industry on mental health.

He also called for people to be properly compensated for any health impacts the industry might cause.

“My hope is that since CSG mining is a new industry, the opportunity will be taken to include mental health specialists amongst those designing a new framework for legislation,” he said.

“It will be essential to screen the affected community prior to commencing any mining.”

Another round of public hearings was held into the CSG industry in NSW yesterday at Taree.

The CSG industry has repeatedly attempted to quell health and environmental fears over CSG.

In addition to its health and environmental safety, the APPEA maintains CSG is not a “new” industry in Australia.

According to the APPEA CSG has been a source of gas production in Australia for more than ten years.

The APPEA says the methods of CSG extraction have been tested by independent authorities and found to be safe.

It also says the chemical compounds used in CSG fluid are readily available on its website, and include many everyday chemicals.

Today key independent Tony Windsor said more study needed to be done on the impact of CSG.

He said he would only support the Government’s mining tax if $200 to $400 million a year was spent on scientific assessments of CSG.

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