Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters
Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters AAP Image - Dan Peled

CSG review into drill chemicals put on fast track

THE Federal Environment Department has moved to fast-track the release of a long-delayed $4.2 million National Assessment of the Chemicals Used in Coal Seam Gas in Australia.

The department appointed two full-time staff to the task in February, working on "website material" to complement 15 individual reports with "more than 4000 pages of material".

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The appointments followed ARM Newsdesk's reports in January revealing a more than two-year delay to the release of the major scientific work on CSG chemicals.

It also follows the department contracting a consultant for almost $100,000 last year for a "coal seam gas communications plan", including "graphical representation of the findings" and "a plan to consult with the key stakeholders".

But Greens Senator Larissa Waters said the government had been "dragging its heels" and had treated the "science as an afterthought".

"Thousands of coal seam gas wells have been approved and drilled without this important information being made public," she said.

The department said due to the complexity of the work, it had taken "longer than anticipated", but all of the final reports would be publicly released when complete.


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