QGC should spill details, not just gas

QGC should spill details, not just gas


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CHINCHILLA beef producer David Hubbard has seen his property impacted four times by QGC spillages this year.

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"All I have ever wanted is to be informed about what is going on": David Hubbard.

"All I have ever wanted is to be informed about what is going on": David Hubbard.

CHINCHILLA beef producer David Hubbard has seen his property impacted four times by QGC spillages this year.

Drilling fluid from a QGC mining rig had twice spilled into the Condamine River, a few hundred metres from where he accessed water for stock, and fluid also had spilled twice across a boundary fence into his paddock, he said.

The accidents, which had occurred at a neighbouring property, had taken place over a single month.

While he expressed his annoyance these incidents were occuring in the first place - a familiar story for many across rural Queensland - Mr Hubbard said his ongoing frustration was that he was not being adequately informed by the company about the discovery of the incidents and the follow-up investigations into the impacts.

He said he had only learnt about two of the incidents following his own initiative and questions.

Mr Hubbard said he had heard about the first spill in the Condamine River on the radio and had spent more than an hour on a State government hotline to find more information.

Mr Hubbard said gas companies should have an obligation to inform surrounding landholders if an incident occurred.

The shortage of timely, relevant and accurate information was listed as an ongoing cause of friction between landholders and gas companies in the land access framework review tabled last month in State Parliament.

Mr Hubbard said he was also battling QGC over indirect impacts on his property from the company's QCLNG pipeline being built along a 2.5km stretch on a neighbouring property along his boundary fence.

He said the pipeline had altered the overland water flow across the property resulting in vast amounts of sediment spewing from the easement area into his paddocks.

Mr Hubbard said he had seen a drastic increase in the prevalence of sedge swamp grass in the impacted paddocks.

He said a letter sent to him by QGC last month acknowledges the pipeline construction is causing overflow issues at his property and the company committed to reinstating all insufficient drainage and erosion sediment control measures in the affected areas.

"I have never asked for a cent of compensation from QGC - all I have ever wanted is to be informed about what is going on and for the company to fix the problem," he said.

"And neither of those things is happening."

A spokesman for QGC said the company informed regulators and landholders of incidents as required by law.

"Where remedial action is required, we discuss it with landholders and provide written confirmation of our discussions," the spokesperson said in a statement to Queensland Country Life.

"We continue to work with our contractors and landholders to resolve concerns about construction. We intend to have those discussions in private."

Queensland Country Life reported last week that Gasfields Commission chairman John Cotter was left "gobsmacked" when he saw first-hand the impacts of gas pipeline construction on properties when he toured the region last month.

He said landholder issues surrounding gas company pipeline construction would be an immediate point of business when the Gasfields Commission meets for the first time on August 2.

Mr Hubbard, who has been dealing with CSG companies in the region since 2001, said he had learnt to always photograph all incidents and keep a journal detailing all telephone and face to face meetings with the gas companies.

"I have always done business with the shake of a hand and I was raised to always believe your word is your bond but with these gas companies it's completely worthless," he said.

"They sit at my kitchen table and then don't do anything. I have a business to run too and that is what makes me so angry."

The story QGC should spill details, not just gas first appeared on Farm Online.

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