New gas pipeline sparks outrage among farmers who fear hundreds of families could be affected by fracking
- Farmers fear the development of gas fields in the Galilee Basin in Queensland
- Grazier Bruce Currie says the pipeline could affect the lives of 300 families
- The planned project will link the Glenaras Gas Project with the Yemena pipeline near Injune
- Yemena said no decision had been made on the exact route of the pipeline
Farmers are alarmed at the prospect of a new pipeline that they believe could lead to further development of gas fields in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland.
The planned project will span more than 500 kilometers to connect Galilee Energy Limited’s Glenaras Gas Project near Longreach to Yemena’s Queensland Gas Pipeline near Injune.
Bruce Currie is concerned about the ‘industrialization’ of his region and says the pipeline could affect the lives of 300 families.
Galilee Basin grazier Bruce Currie (right) worried about the ‘industrialization’ of his region and says the pipeline could affect the lives of 300 families
“ This pipeline will inevitably help gas companies looking to build expansive gas fields across the Galilee Basin, irreparably industrializing this iconic part of the outback with huge implications for our grazing businesses that rely entirely on groundwater, ” he said.
A spokesman for energy company Yemena said no decision had been made about the exact route of the pipeline.
“We do not yet understand what impact the pipeline could have on the local environment,” said a spokesperson.
‘As we have done with other projects, we will be committed to protecting the local flora, while minimizing disturbance to the local fauna, in accordance with our EPA requirements.
“While we will always look for opinions from a broad cross-section of the community, we expect this project to affect between 50 and 80 landowners along the pipeline route.”
Yemena has applied to state government for a petroleum exploration permit that gives companies “ right to enter land to investigate proposed pipeline route ”
Lock the Gate Alliance has pointed to a 2019 review by the federal environmental department stating that the pipeline requires the clean-up of ‘high-quality’ koala habitats.
“The pipeline would traverse the Channel Country strategic environmental area on the Barcoo River and would also cut habitats for endangered species, including the koala,” he said in a statement.
Spokesman Ellie Smith said the project would “impact two regions already under extreme pressure from fossil fuel development, the Galilee Basin and the Canal Land.”
“If approved, this pipeline would open the Galilee Basin to intensive gas fields, threatening agricultural land, water resources and wildlife areas,” she said.
Yemena has applied to the state government for a petroleum research permit that gives companies “the right to enter land to investigate the proposed route of a pipeline.”