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QLD rejects Glencore’s carbon dump, but King’s Future Gas Strategy looms as ongoing threat

Lock the Gate Alliance welcomes the Queensland Government’s decision today to officially reject Glencore’s dangerous Great Artesian Basin carbon capture and storage project.

The Department of Environment, Science and Innovation rejected the project due to the potential impacts on groundwater in the GAB.

The Alliance, along with other groups including AgForce and the Queensland Farmers' Federation, strongly opposed Glencore’s plans due to the threat they posed to the groundwater, which sustains farming in Inland Queensland.

Lock the Gate Alliance National Coordinator Carmel Flint said, “Unfortunately, this is unlikely to be the last time the Queensland community is forced to fight such projects, with Federal Labor’s Future Gas Strategy effectively promoting carbon capture and storage across the Great Artesian Basin.

“The widespread opposition across the political spectrum to Glencore’s carbon capture and storage plan should serve as a warning to any attempts by the Albanese Government or other fossil fuel companies to foist similar projects on Australian communities.

“Allowing fossil fuel companies to treat the Great Artesian Basin as a dumping ground for waste carbon is a recipe for disaster. Anthony Albanese and the Queensland Government ought to condemn Madeleine King’s toxic vision for the GAB.

“As well as the direct threat it poses to water resources, carbon capture and storage is a failed technology that has never worked at scale to sequester carbon, yet fossil fuel companies falsely use it as a get out of jail free card so they can keep polluting."

ENDS

Background:

Madeleine King’s Future Gas Strategy contained the below map, identifying different basins where waste carbon might be stored.

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