LNG 'a threat to nature'

THE liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry from Gladstone to the Surat Basin may cause irreparable environmental damage to flora and fauna.

A long list of animals officially classified as endangered, vulnerable or rare are in the path of wells, pipelines and LNG plants.

These include the bridled nailtail wallaby, the tusked frog, the squatter pigeon, the grey falcon and the critically endangered brigalow woodland snail.

Approval has been given for QGC to build an LNG plant, with Santos and LNG Ltd both given the environmental nod.

Environmental Impact Statements for both QGC and Australia Pacific LNG admit there will be significant pressure on animals.

“APLNG has identified that 18ha of potential habitat for the critically endangered brigalow woodland snail may be disturbed by the project,” the statement said.

“There is potential impact on some fauna species. While many larger and more mobile fauna are likely to move away, smaller burrowing fauna are likely to remain under the surface and therefore risk injury or fatality.”

The Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) Environmental Services assistant director-general Dean Ellwood said the companies were required to meet their environmental responsibilities.

“In the EIS companies have agreed to take all steps to minimise impacts on protected species,” Mr Ellwood said.

“The companies are required to provide an offset for potential impacts by purchasing areas of land for long-term conservation.

“The areas the companies purchase must possess environmental values similar to the areas being lost for the LNG projects.”



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