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Another gas blow out on the Downs proves residents’ concerns are legitimate

The Queensland Greens have responded to the latest blowout from a gas well-head on private property on the Darling Downs by repeating the call for a moratorium to allow full health and other studies to be undertaken.

‘QGC have publicly released information about this incident on the same day that Queensland Greens Senator Waters is moving a motion for a moratorium in the Senate,’ state spokesperson Libby Connors pointed out this afternoon.

‘There are less than 4 000 wells on the Darling Downs at the moment and we have had government audits assuring the public that only a small number leak but problems keep recurring.

‘QGC says that there are no risks beyond 3 metres from the leak but some residents of the Tara Residential Estate will have pipelines diagonally intersecting the heart of their properties so the restrictions on movement and activity will be extensive.

‘The company states that it will take several days to repair the well-head and so the exclusion zone will be in place impeding access around this well.

‘Imagine the inhibitions on freedom of movement when there are 40 000 wells in place.

‘The Tara Residential Estate is heavily wooded and several hundred children live on the estate.

‘We need the health, water and environmental studies to be done before greater harm is caused.

‘The Queensland Council of Unions should be urging Anna Bligh to support the Greens’ call given the health and safety implications of working in this hazardous industry.’

QGC has reported that a well head was damaged and began leaking gas on Monday evening during set up operations for a drilling rig at the company’s Berwyndale South gas field, about 20km south-east of Miles.

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