A BRISBANE court has ruled the liquidators of Linc Energy are responsible for the company breaching an environment protection order issued in May last year.
Supreme Court Justice David Jackson made the ruling on Thursday.
The Queensland Environment Department claims the company allowed methane, hydrogen, carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulphide to leak from its underground coal gasification site near Chinchilla from 2007 to 2013.
Five former executives of Linc Energy face charges relating to the company's alleged contamination of a large swathe of prime farmland.
Peter Bond, Donald Schofield, Stephen Dumble, Jacobus Terblanche and Daryl Rattai have all been charged over the incident.
Company liquidators Stephen Longley, Grant Dene Sparks and Martin Ford asked the court to rule on whether or not they were "justified” in "not causing” the company to comply with the environmental protection order and in not causing the company to comply with any further environmental protection orders issued by the respondent (Environment Department).
"The court directs the applicants that the liquidators are not justified in causing Linc Energy Limited not to comply with the environmental protection order,” Justice Jackson said on Thursday.
- ARM NEWSDESK
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