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No moratorium on CSG projects

DEPUTY Premier Jeff Seeney has put a stop to a Surat Basin community push for a 12-month moratorium on coal seam gas projects in the region.

A petition from 65 residents of the southern Queensland basin was filed a month ago in a bid to stop any new CSG projects, on the back of community concerns about drinking water, human health and agricultural land.

But the petition, tabled in State Parliament by independent MP Peter Wellington, failed after the Deputy Premier filed a "no" response with the parliament on Friday.

While Mr Seeney's response noted "competing interests" on the land CSG projects were planned for, the response gave assurances strict environmental conditions were already in place on all CSG projects.

His response came less than a week after Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu put a moratorium on any new CSG approvals in his state.

It also highlights on-going community concerns about CSG and the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, after an old bore was found alight, leaking methane from underground on the Darling Downs a fortnight ago.

Topics:  coal seam gas csg jeff seeney surat basin


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