ABC News Alexandra Kirk 21 April 2014
The National Water Commission could be axed as part of the Federal Government’s savings drive.
The decade-old commission, an independent statutory authority which advises the Commonwealth on water policy, is “in the mix” for cuts and the ABC’s AM program understands it is likely to be wound up.
ABC News Mark Solomons, Mark Willacy 16 April 2014
Landholders on Queensland’s Darling Downs say they are being kept in the dark about the nature of serious environmental harm allegedly caused by an experimental coal gasification plant.
Last week the Queensland Government filed four criminal charges of irreversible or “high impact” harm relating to the plant against resources company Linc Energy.
Qld Government accused of scaring away UCG investors
ABC News 14 April 2014
The State Government says there is no threat to local water sources, despite charging a company with causing environmental harm at a coal gasification site on the Western Downs in southern Queensland.
News.com.au JOHN MCCARTHY April 11, 2014
QUEENSLAND has another mystery that science still can’t pin down: the bubbling of the Condamine River.
After two years and a “considerable sum’’ invested, coal seam gas company Origin has released a scientific report that has four theories but still cannot quite pin down the mystery.
Scientific American Forum Michael Oppenheimer 4 April 2014
Approximately one third of U.S. methane emissions come from the oil and gas industry. (Other significant sources include farms and landfills.) Although no one can accurately say how much methane is now leaking from wellheads, processing plants, pipelines and other natural gas facilities, there is a growing body of evidence that the amount is significant.
Brisbane Times Tony Moore 4 April 2014
It will take a week to tell if methane found in drinking water at Wallumbilla near Roma comes from coal seam gas activities, the region’s mayor Rob Loughnan on Friday. Further testing is being completed by ALS Environmental to determine where and how the methane entered Wallumbilla’s No 2 bore.
ABC News Fidelis Rego 4 April 2014
A council in Queensland’s southern inland is investigating whether methane found in a town’s water supply is coming from nearby coal seam gas (CSG) wells.
The number two bore at Wallumbilla, east of Roma, was taken offline three weeks ago when an air relief valve activated, indicating there was gas in the supply.
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Brisbane Times Tony Moore April 4, 2014
Two government ministers have responded to accusations their departments have placed the environment in danger and exposed the state to legal action over their handling of Queensland mine sites.
An Auditor-General’s report into resource industries criticises the departments of Environment and Heritage Protection and Natural Resources and Mines.
The report comes as a federal inquiry questions how millions of tonnes of dredge spoil leaked from a bund wall in Gladstone Harbour in 2011 -12, but had to be discovered by a visitor.
Questions continue to be asked over the lack of scrutiny of Queensland Nickel’s tailings dam north of Townsville.