Federal Member Bob Katter has introduced legislation into Parliament today that calls for a Commission of Inquiry, with all of the powers of a Royal Commission, investigate the CSG industry.
The Commission of Inquiry (Coal Seam Gas) Bill 2017 will focus on the negotiating powers of parties involved; impacts on land, water and communities; agreement making and payment for damages and compliance.
The Bill, Mr Katter says, responds to concerns raised about the conduct of Coal Seam Gas companies and their negotiations with landowners, along with inadequacies in the Government compliance processes.
Mr Katter says he wants an inquiry to zero in on Ministers who are now on the boards of oil companies who made decisions.
“There are people that have made ‘squillions’ of dollars out of this. The relationship between Government and CSG needs to be put under the spotlight.”
“The State Government has acknowledged the breaches to the Environmental Authorities and acknowledged that there is potential diversion of the overland flow across the entire Surat Basin but have taken no action. “
“Many properties are now experiencing a man-made drought.”