Arrow releases report into potential Bowen project risks
IT COULD be the calm before the storm for coal-seam-gas goliath Arrow Energy, as anti-CSG forces take stock of plans to build 6500 wells in Central Queensland.
With backing from the world's largest gas producers - Shell and PetroChina - Arrow released a report into potential environmental risks stemming from its Bowen gas project.
It is now up to the public to respond to the plan, with the State calling for submissions to be delivered by April 23.
Arrow says its project will create 1600 jobs as it develops 6625 gas wells on the outskirts of Moranbah, Glenden, Dysart, Middlemount and Blackwater.
These will funnel gas through a 475km-long pipeline leading to a proposed refinery on Gladstone's Curtis Island.
Arrow estimates the wells will release a combined average of 20 millions litres of water each day.
Over the mine's life span of 40 years, a total of 292 billion litres of water will be released.
The water - heavy in salt - may be pumped into the ocean or dumped in landfill, according to documents delivered to the government by Arrow.
Anti-CSG activists Lock The Gate did not oppose the project outright, with leader Drew Hutton yet to work through the finer details.
"We don't take an invincible stand against CSG," he told APN as he travelled around the Surat Basin.
"If it's in the right place, it's the right project - we wouldn't stand in the way.
"It would need to satisfy our criteria that it won't damage underground water, an important environmental area, good farm land or cultural heritage."
When asked if he had ever heard of any such project, he replies "no".
Mr Hutton said if Arrow's plan did not meet Lock The Gate's exacting requirements, action would be strong and fierce.
Beyond mobilising members to respond to the government's call for feedback, Mr Hutton said the group would work with landowners to lock the gate on CSG workers.
"You cannot have the cumulative impacts of a whole lot of coal mines and CSG in an area, robbing it of underground water."
Arrow's Environmental Impact Statement is available to view in libraries in Middlemount, Moranbah, Dysart, Blackwater, Emerald, Nebo, Glenden, Clermont or at Department of Environment offices in Brisbane and Mackay.
It can be viewed online at arrowenergy.com.au.