Council to raise flare emission concerns with state

CONCERNS over flare emissions and monitoring on Curtis Island will formally be brought to the State Government's attention by Gladstone Regional Council.

The council on Tuesday decided to support the Gladstone Region Environmental Advisory Network's recommendation to ask the state environment department for impartial advice.

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GREAN is specifically calling for evidence that the LNG companies are adhering to their licencing requirements, and have asked for information from the regulator about the contents of black smoke coming from flares on the island.

GREAN chairman and Gladstone councillor Col Chapman said the community needed to hear from an impartial source before it could trust the emissions were not harmful.

"We need a regulator (the Department of Environment Heritage and Protection) to report on some of these different instances of visible emissions and whether those are in excess of environmental conditions," Cr Chapman said.

"I know we get notification of flaring, but (when) the community is coming to me and other members (of GREAN) seeking reassurance... we believe there is not a perception of trust."

He said the information from the LNG companies "might be correct" but he wanted that confirmed by the government - for the community's sake.

Mayor Gail Sellers confirmed she had spoken with the Department of Environment Heritage and Protection and heads of the LNG companies within the past week.



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