Council to host forum to keep area free of "catastrophic" CSG

LOCKYER Valley Regional Council has agreed to host a forum to unite residents, businesses and the agricultural industry in a bid to keep the region free of mining.

A representative from Lock the Gate has addressed council outlining the destruction caused from coal seam gas exploration in neighbouring areas and changes to legislation giving mining companies additional powers.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said people needed to understand the untold environmental damage caused.

"As part of the extraction process, massive amounts of water is needed, the same water used by our local farmers which is then heavily contaminated and remains stagnant in enormous holding ponds," Cr Jones said.

"When, and it is a matter of when and not if, this water contaminates our pristine agricultural land, the results will be catastrophic."

Council plans to hold the forum in coming months.

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