Bob Brown visits Queensland, Angry Farmers in Alliance with Greens
The Queensland government's approval of Queensland Gas Companies liquid natural gas project - which would see expansion of coal seam gas mining in the Surat Basin - is an environmental disaster waiting to happen for the states farmers and food production.
Farmers from Northern Queensland and the Darling Downs have expressed concern at the risk of massive groundwater contamination from the proposed mines to their Greens candidates; a risk inadequately addressed in the project's lone environmental impact measure, despite the threat salt leaching in groundwater poses to both rural communities' drinking water and our state's best, limited, agricultural lands.
Lead Queensland Greens Senate candidate Larissa Waters has committed to fight for better environmental legislation to hold mining companies accountable to environmental precautionary principles, for the protection of rural communities and Queensland's future food supply.
Australian Greens leader Bob Brown was joined by Larissa Waters this week at several events across north and west Queensland to meet locals and visit the farmlands threatened with destruction by these developments.