June 13, 2012
A western Queensland mayor says he will be seeking talks with the State Government over coal seam gas (CSG) and its impact on the Great Artesian Basin.
Rural lobby group AgForce says there are 10 companies with tenures in the Galilee Basin, which takes in major rural centres like Longreach and Winton, and exploration is ramping up in many areas.
Winton Mayor Butch Lenton says several western communities depend on the artesian basin for their water supplies, so any development needs to ensure the basin is not affected.
“We want things to develop, we just have to make sure that the things that let us survive out here don’t get taken away from us,” he said.
“With the regulation, I think we have to make sure that that works properly.
“I think it is a very regulated process coal seam gas but saying that, down around [the] Dalby region there are some little problems sneaking around there that you hear about and we have to make sure that that doesn’t happen out here.”
Councillor Lenton says many communities across the inland depend on the basin for water supplies and he will be seeking more detail from the State Government about CSG regulation.
“We just haven’t got any other water, other than artesian water which we survive on,” he said.
“I think we should be concerned and asking the questions to make sure it doesn’t interfere with [the] artesian basin, because we want our families and their children to live here forevermore.
“I think we have to make sure that those questions are asked and answered so we know we’re safe with it.”