Senator Glenn Lazarus speaks to the media at an anti-CSG rally in Manly in Sydney's Northern Suburbs on July 7, 2015, while delivering a petition to the Prime Minister Tony Abbott's electorate office.
Senator Glenn Lazarus speaks to the media at an anti-CSG rally in Manly in Sydney's Northern Suburbs on July 7, 2015, while delivering a petition to the Prime Minister Tony Abbott's electorate office. AAP Image - NEWZULU - KATE AUSBURN

Study ‘is just a Clayton’s look’ at CSG chemicals

DELAYS in releasing the national assessment of chemicals used in coal seam gas will likely be a key issue in the sights of a Senate inquiry this year.

Independent Senator Glenn Lazarus set up an inquiry late last year into unconventional gas and the industry's effects on the economy, society, environment and public and worker health.

Sen Lazarus has called for public submissions to the inquiry that he has dedicated to the memory of Chinchilla farmer and anti-CSG campaigner George Bender, who took his own life last year.

He said governments of all levels needed to start listening to "the people" and recognise "the damage unconventional gas mining is doing to people's lives".

Sen Lazarus said he hoped to hold the committee's first public hearing in Chinchilla or Dalby in February.

Greens member of the inquiry, Senator Larissa Waters last year asked in Senate Estimates questions about the delays in the release of the CSG chemical assessment.

She was told it would be released by December 2015.

Given the delays, her "only conclusion ... based on all of this is that they are sitting on the results".

They have not looked at the most risky areas of CSG, especially the effects on deep groundwater because they don't want to know," she said.

"This is a Clayton's study; it's the study they don't want to be doing, so they'll find any excuse to delay it and deliberately not look at the key risk areas."

Sen Waters said she would be pushing for the inquiry to further examine the delayed release of the assessment and its findings.



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