QGC says protection law changes don't benefit environment

PROPOSED changes to environmental protection laws have been slammed for making approvals "of little or no value" in mining company Queensland Gas Corporation's submissions to a parliamentary hearing.

QGC land and environment general manager Cameron Crowther told the Agriculture, Resources and Environment Committee on Wednesday that the amendment would not benefit the environment.

"Since 2003, (environmentally relevant activities) which are mining or petroleum activities have been recognised as a 'bundle of activities' that include both resource activities and activities necessarily incidental to resource activities," he said.

"For example the storage of fuel is necessarily incidental to resource activities and is therefore within the scope..."

Mr Crowther said proposed changes could make those approvals worthless, with vital "incidental" activities falling outside their scope.

"The effect would be that the applicant may receive an approval even though the department has not seen grounds to reject the application," he said.

- APN NEWSDESK



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