Drew Hutton to take complaint on CSG approvals to CMC today

Published: February 19, 2013

Lock the Gate Alliance president Drew Hutton will be taking a complaint to the Crime and Misconduct Commission today at 10 am.

He will be supplying evidence to the CMC about the approvals process for the GLNG (Santos) and GCLNG (QGC) projects which were given the go-ahead in May and June of 2010 under the Bligh government.

Mr Hutton will be supplying evidence largely obtained under Right to Information that reveals public servants were improperly pressured to give the approvals without all the necessary information from the companies. In so doing they breached legislation governing the granting of such approvals and environmental authorities.

"The Coordinator General, the Queensland Environment Department and the Commonwealth Environment Department did not have adequate information on the cumulative impacts of CSG mining on underground water and endangered ecosystems, salt and greenhouse gas emissions and did not have information on site-specific impacts necessary for a valid environmental management plan," Mr Hutton said.

"The companies' environmental impact statements, therefore, did not meet their terms of reference.

"These serious breaches of environmental law came about because the Bligh government was in such a mad rush to get these projects approved. Now it is up to the Newman government to ensure the last remaining approval - the Arrow project - is properly scrutinised and that existing flaws in the industry's activities are remedied.

"I invite Campbell Newman to begin this process by joining with me in laying this complaint with the CMC."

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