UPDATE: Minister for Mines Andrew Cripps says work will begin today to extinguish a slow-burning fire in an abandoned coal exploration well on the Darling Downs.
A meeting of Queensland Government officers and local resource companies yesterday developed a plan to remediate the site on a road reserve north-west of Dalby.
Mr Cripps said the plan involved extinguishing the flame, stabilising the former exploration site and then sealing it.
He said the State Government would also make it a priority to provide regular updates to local landholders and the community.
"I'd like to single out anti-CSG activist Drew Hutton for making constant, unsubstantiated claims that this incident is directly-related to CSG production," Mr Cripps said.
He said Mr Hutton had labelled the Queensland Government's efforts to effectively deal with the situation as "absurd and irresponsible".
"I wonder whether local community members in the Dalby area share his opinion when the absolute priority of the State Government is to put public health and safety first."
Environmentalists have blamed coal seam gas company Arrow Energy for the gas fire.
But the company has denied its operations had anything to do with the fire in what they believe is a 32-year-old coal mining exploration well.
Firefighters were called to a grass fire near the intersection of Dalby Kogan Rd and Kumbarilla Ln shortly after 11pm on Saturday.
A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said the fire was burning about 20m in all directions around the mining hole.
She said the grass fire was extinguished before firefighters left Arrow Energy to monitor the gas fire at the scene.
An Arrow spokesman said his company was helping state government agencies to secure the site.
"Because this is an old coal mining exploration bore, we need to establish who is responsible," the spokesman said.
"It's not an Arrow well but safety comes first."
Regional petroleum and gas inspector Angela Carr said the flames were one to two metres high.
She said Arrow and fellow energy company Peabodys were providing barricading to the site.
Lock the Gate Alliance president Drew Hutton said blaming the methane leak and fire on the former coal mine was "pathetic" and defied commonsense.
"The coal seam gas industry can always come up with reasons why they are not to blame for these incidents but none of this was happening before the companies began de-watering and de-pressurising the coal seams on the western Darling Downs," Mr Hutton said.
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