Metgasco refutes protesters' claims over health

METGASCO has hit back at claims there were any genuine concerns for health in relation to coal seam gas.

The Clarence Valley Alliance Against CSG quoted the Queensland Medical Association and a European Union report to prove that the industry was fraught with serious health concerns.

But Metgasco chief executive and managing director Peter Henderson said such claims were untrue.

"Natural gas has been sourced from coal seams in Australia for decades, without any adverse health impacts. Thousands of people work directly in the CSG industry and despite daily exposure to CSG operations display no adverse impacts on health. Millions of Australians have been and continue to be exposed to natural gas on a daily basis through the gas that they use when cooking, with no adverse health impacts.

"The NSW Government has reviewed the industry extensively over the past 18 months and now fully supports the industry, giving it the green light. It has also announced new regulations to provide the community with increased confidence in the industry. "Last year the Queensland government tested more than 2700 wells, including all those near Tara. Gas and air sampling confirmed insignificant or no trace of volatile organic compounds or heavy metals.

"There is absolutely no evidence to support the claims being made by some Tara residents.

Mr Henderson quoted Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg who, in July 2012, said the government had presentations from only two people affected by CSG and these were "suggestions and anecdotes".

"There are numerous studies available to show that CSG will have no impact on groundwater, including recent reports by the Queensland Water Commission and the NSW Namoi Water Catchment Study," Mr Henderson said.

"CSG uses proven technology ... and currently produces 38% of the Eastern Australian gas demand, without an incident of groundwater contamination or an adverse health effect."



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