By environment and science reporter Jake Sturmer – Updated Thu at 5:27pm
Top experts are warning of significant scientific uncertainties arising from a massive coal seam gas expansion proposal in Queensland.
The ABC has obtained a report from the Federal Government’s Independent Expert Scientific Committee, which flags a concerning lack of information in project documents and says more work needs to be done on Santos’s Gladstone LNG expansion proposal.
The proposed expansion covers 10,676 square kilometres and has the potential to include more than 6,000 gas wells across central Queensland.
“The scale, the early stage and the geographic extent of the proposed project development, together with other significant coal seam gas projects in the region, creates considerable scientific uncertainty about impacts on surface water and groundwater and associated ecosystems,” the IESC report said.