Coal Seam Gas Firm Admits Health Impacts 2

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
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Activists claim a coal seam gas firm’s buy out of properties near its Queensland operation is an admission the gas is harmful.

However, the Queensland Gas Company (QGC) says it has purchased 60 properties in the Surat Basin over the past decade to build infrastructure and to minimise the impact on residents.

Lock the Gate president Drew Hutton says the firm has been “quietly” buying properties from residents at Tara, west of Toowoomba, who have complained of health impacts.

“The buy outs are a tacit admission by this foreign owned company that coal seam gas is harmful to human health,” he said in a statement.

“Finally QGC has admitted responsibility and bought some people out.

“We are waiting to see if the company will do the right thing for the remaining residents who have been suffering a range of health effects from air pollution and black rain.”

A QGC spokesman says sellers approached the firm and the purchase of properties didn’t relate to health impact claims.

“QGC sometimes purchases properties in the Surat Basin to support development of long-term infrastructure and to minimise impact on residents,” the spokesman said.

“These purchase decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and all the properties have been offered for sale by the sellers.”

Residents have reported nose bleeds, chronic headaches, nausea and rashes among children and adults living in the Tara residential estate.

They believe CSG mining in the area is contaminating the air and poisoning potable groundwater.

The health department last year reported a recent study could not determine whether any of the health effects reported by residents was linked to exposure to CSG activities.

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  1. Antony

    At the depth that CSG is extracted compared to the depth from which water is drawn, there is no way that CSG can contaminate the water supply. Drew Hutton and his Close the Gate mob should stop lying to people and causing unnecessary angst. Next they'll be out looking for witches to burn.

  2. Cliff Rix

    This story is a total beat up. The heading does not fit the story. No where does the company admit what you say. Drew Hutton is saying what you contribute to the company. Whilst the story does give both sides of the argument, it is slanted to what is sensational and not backed up by fact.