The Australians Greens says the Queensland State Labor government’s push to ban underground coal gasification is yet another favour to the CSG industry.
“The underground coal gasification (UCG) industry has allegedly exposed workers to carcinogenic gasses and contaminated soil and bore water, said Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and resources spokesperson.
“These revelations first came to light under the last Labor government who failed to take decisive action to protect the health and environment of Queenslanders and ban UCG.
“Underground coal gasification and the fracking are direct competitor industries meaning the government's ban is a free pass to the equally environmentally disastrous and dangerous CSG industry.
“This ban is welcome, and long overdue, but Queensland Labor should follow the lead of other Labor state administrations and oppositions and ban fracking for unconventional gas and invest in job-rich clean energy alternatives which don’t threaten our environment, health, land, and water.”
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