Agforce wary of CSG report
THE release of a major report into the effects of coal seam gas mining on the Surat Basin has met with mixed reactions.
Agforce and miners have expressed differing views about the impact on underground aquifers.
A major miner, Santos, yesterday welcomed the release of the Queensland Water Commission's Surat Basin Underground Water Impact Report.
Santos said the report confirmed results of the detailed studies already undertaken by the company.
The company said the report confirmed the impact of Santos GLNG's operations would be minimal and manageable, and that almost all of the landholder bores within the operating areas would not be adversely impacted.
Attending the official launch of the report yesterday in Toowoomba, Santos GLNG president Mark Macfarlane said even though there would be a minimal impact in Santos GLNG's areas of operations, he understood the need for communities to have comprehensive information about what was happening in their water system.
However, AgForce said at least 3% of bores across the Surat Basin would be devastated by the burgeoning coal seam gas industry, despite assurances from the previous State Government and resource companies that underground water would not be affected.
AgForce general president Brent Finlay said for many of these producers who might now be simply offered a cheque to "make good" this loss, it would be little compensation for the fact this once fertile farmland could lie unproductive and their family's future farming livelihoods would be lost for generations.
"Not only will this water loss affect primary producers, but it will also put at risk the vibrant flora and fauna communities of this region."