Industry ‘not taking part in inquiry’

NOT SURPRISED: The gas industry has been invited to take part in the inquiry, Senator Glenn Lazarus says.
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SENATOR Glenn Lazarus is disappointed the gas industry has attacked his Senate inquiry into unconventional gas, rather than participating in it.

The senator’s comments come after Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration (APPEA) chief executive Dr Malcolm Roberts said “no industry representatives were invited to appear at the [Narrabri] hearing” earlier last week.

However, The Leader has received a list of organisations the Senate wrote to informing them of the inquiry and inviting them to participate, through written submissions or attending a public hearing.

Dr Roberts was listed as the APPEA contact, while Santos was also invited.

“All industry representatives were notified and invited to take part in the inquiry,” Senator Lazarus said.

“I am disappointed the resource sector has not yet attended any public hearings for the inquiry. Two hearings have been held so far.”

Dr Roberts also said it was “concerning” the inquiry had yet to hear from the gas industry, however Santos has made a detailed written submission with close to 200 pages.

APPEA claimed the inquiry had yet to hear from experts, however Senator Lazarus’ office said a number had made submissions, including Monash University environmental engineering senior lecturer Dr Gavin Mudd, who spoke at the Dalby public hearing.

Senator Lazarus said while the attacks from the gas industry were disappointing, they were not surprising.

“The resource sector is focused on making money, protecting and expanding their industry,” he said.

“My focus is on helping people, improving their lives and forcing the government to assist them and that is what I am doing.

“The resource sector can attack me all it likes, but I am driven by something much greater and that is to help Australians whose lives are being devastated by unconventional gas mining.”

He said he had seen first-hand the impact of coal seam gas mining on south-east Queensland communities.

“I have met with many farmers who have lost their underground water supply as a result of CSG mining it is upsetting to see so many Australian families devastated by CSG,” he said

“While resource companies have more rights than landholders in this country, someone needs to stand up for Australian families decimated by unconventional gas mining.

“I don’t apologise for being so determined to help Australian families and farmers affected by unconventional gas mining.

“They have been ignored by governments for far too long and governments are the very organisations that should have been helping them.”

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