Lock the Gate Alliance welcomes the Queensland Government’s decision to refuse a Blue Energy application to develop gasfields in Central West Queensland near Aramac in the Galilee Basin.
Lock the Gate is now calling on the Queensland Government to refuse similar Blue Energy-owned tenements near Moranbah.
Separately, Environmental Advocacy in Central Queensland (ENVA) is challenging a recent decision by the government to approve an environmental authority for a planned Blue Energy owned gasfield in the Land Court.
The nine rejected Blue Energy Potential Commercial Area (PCA) licence applications were situated west, north west, north, and north east of the town of Aramac.
Lock the Gate Alliance national coordinator Ellen Roberts said, “Now we would like to see the Queensland Government also refuse Blue Energy-owned tenements in the Bowen Basin.
“It’s the second time the Queensland Government has rejected applications by Blue Energy to develop unconventional gasfields in Queensland, with the company’s Wide Bay-Burnett fracking attempts thwarted due to strong community resistance in 2019.
“Communities don’t want gasfields due to the direct threat they pose to health, water, and the local environment. Gas is also driving the climate crisis, resulting in ever more terrifying extreme weather disasters. For these reasons, we hope to see the Queensland Government making many more similar decisions to reject gasfield proposals in the future.”