News

Economy will suffer if green tape strangles LNG: industry

GLADSTONE could lose its stronghold on Queensland's LNG industry if green tape puts a stop to a fourth plant on Curtis Island, the gas industry has claimed.

Protest groups are calling a new pro-gas campaign misleading and insulting, but the Australia Petroleum Production and Exploration Association says without new gas projects the Australian economy - and Gladstone's future - would suffer.

The APPEA campaign comes on the back of industrial companies spending millions on improving their carbon emissions to produce a squeaky clean image.

While Gladstone waits for movement on Arrow Energy's proposed LNG project, with its Environmental Impact Statement currently under consideration with the Co-ordinator General, APPEA external affairs director Michael Bradley said resource companies were finding Australia an expensive place to do business.

"It's important that Gladstone continues to be at the centre of Queensland's successful economic story," he said.

"That's why we want to send the message that saying 'no' to natural gas development is not without consequence."

QGC managing director Derek Fisher backed the campaign, telling its partners the Queensland Curtis LNG project, among others, had huge benefits for the Gladstone community and the country.

But Greens Senator Larissa Waters said APPEA's pre-election PR blitz was no match for the genuine concern farmers had for the future of their land.

"Industry knows there is still no independent science that supports their claims that coal seam gas is less climate intensive, and those claims ignore the fugitive emissions from leaking wells and pipes plus the energy-intensive transport and liquification process," she said.

Meanwhile, local industry is doing its bit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help the country make a transition to a low carbon economy.

ClimateWorks has been tracking the progress of key sectors of the economy against its Low Carbon Growth Plan for Australia, which targets a 25% emissions reduction target by 2020, with an update later this week.

A new furnace has helped reduce BSL's greenhouse gas emissions by 20,000 tonnes annually - the equivalent of removing 6000 cars from the road each year.

BSL general manager Joe Rea said the $330million carbon bake furnace, commissioned in 2012, had increased the smelter's operating efficiency and significantly improved environmental performance.

"Replacing two original furnaces at the smelter, the new carbon bake furnace adopts a smarter technology and 'cleaner' burn cycle while using less gas," he said.

Topics:  csg, curtis island, gas, gladstone, lng, resources




New Gladstone Ports Corporation CEO has been announced

Peter O'Sullivan has been announced as the new chief executive officer of GLadstone Ports Corporation.

The future of Gladstone Ports Corporation is in new hands

'Historic' Curtis Island APLNG voyage to begin contract worth billions

LNG FUKUROKUJU was purpose-built to carry LNG from the APLNG plant at Curtis Island to Kansai Electric in Japan.

MONSTER LNG carrier has departed Curtis Island.

Latest deals and offers

Brian McFadden makes daughters pay for own Christmas gifts

McFadden makes his daughters pay for half their presents

Lady Gaga is a godmother

Lady Gaga has become a godmother to her friends' daughter

Will Turbo be taken off TV?

Memes about Turbo are flowing on Social media.

PEOPLE want Turbo taken off TV, but will Prospero Productions the ma

Police charge in after Lohan claims fiance tried to kill her

"You tried to kill me. You're a f*****g psycho".

Prince Harry regrets not talking about Diana's death

Diana, Princess of Wales, enjoys a ride on the Maid of Mist in Niagara Falls, Ont., in this Oct., 1991, with her sons Prince Harry, then 7, and Prince William, then 9.

The royal was 12 years old when his mother was killed

Oh Kim, be careful with the spray tan when breast feeding

Kim Kardashian West accidentally smothered North's face in fake tan

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles