Take your time with LNG decisions, Garrett told

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The Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, postponed until October 11 a decision granting environmental approval to the Gladstone and Curtis Island liquefied natural projects.   A spokesman said the delay would allow Mr Garrett to obtain more information on the impact of the projects, which the Queensland government approved this year.

The Basin Sustainability Alliance said Mr Garrett’s decision was a sign the government was listening to community concerns.    The alliance chairman, Ian Hayllor said the coal seam gas industry had been steaming ahead without sufficient monitoring and research.

”Under the current systems there is a real danger that coal seam gas development will impact on communities and health, damage vital natural resources, and put at risk food and fibre production for future generations,” he said.      

He called on Mr Garrett to consider the implications of the project on the environment and the sustainability of the Great Artesian Basin before making a decision.


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