Thursday, 18 October 2018
Underground Coal Gasification
That the Senate:
(a) notes that:
(ii) UCG was banned in 2016 in Queensland after the Linc Energy disaster in Chinchilla, which was declared Queensland's worst environmental disaster;
(b) further notes that UCG has been responsible for incidents of poisoning the water table and contaminating soil and air, and has been linked to an increase in cancers, including lung and breast cancers; and
(c) calls on the Federal Government to urgently intervene and stop the Leigh Creek project from progressing any further and ban UCG across the country.
Australia has a diverse range of energy resources, including conventional and unconventional gas. The development of our gas resources, including underground coal gasification, supports Australian industry and Australian jobs. Numerous inquiries into unconventional gas development have come to the same conclusion—that the industry can be developed safely with appropriate regulation. Any risks associated with unconventional gas development can be mitigated and managed with rigorous outcomes-focused regulation and evidence-based policy backed by scientific research.
One Nation will be supporting this motion. Having been out to Chinchilla and spoken to the families there, they're devastated about the effects it's having on the health of the children and the community. I believe that underground coal gasification, UCG, should be monitored a lot more. It is the responsibility of the state government to have a duty of care to the people in that region and to look after their health.
That was an extraordinary excuse from the Labor Party to not be voting for this motion. The truth is this poisonous, toxic technology has been banned in Queensland by the Labor government up there. The same company, Linc Energy, now want to push their poisonous, toxic technology in my home state of South Australia, and I'm not having it. The Greens aren't having it. The South Australian community aren't having it. If it's good enough to ban it in Queensland, it's good enough to ban it in South Australia, and it should be banned everywhere.