LNG and CSG approvals process faces more scrutiny
COAL seam gas projects worth almost $50 billion are under fresh scrutiny, after allegations of rushed, incomplete approval processes that sidelined possible environmental impacts.
Brisbane Times reports efforts will resume this week in a Senate committee to make public documents and comments by a Queensland whistleblower.
Senator Glenn Lazarus, of the Palmer United Party, and Greens Senator Larissa Waters plan to press fellow members of the Senate inquiry into Queensland Government administration to lift a gag imposed on evidence presented by former state bureaucrat Simone Marsh.
Ms Marsh's submission reveals Santos was warned that the absence of key information meant most of its project could not be approved.
But despite the absence of basic details of the project, now worth some $24 billion, it was approved less than two months later, with government officials having to draw up much of the detail themselves, Ms Marsh told Fairfax Media.
A second project, the $US20 billion QGC LNG project at Gladstone controlled by UK-based BG Group, was approved soon after, also with little independent oversight, Ms Marsh said.