20 Jul 2010

Group worried about Great Artesian Basin contamination

A group set up to advise state and federal governments on the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) says it is worried mining and exploration activities could damage the resource unless guidelines are in place to protect it.

The basin underlies more than 20 per cent of Australia, including most of Queensland, and is the only reliable source of water for much of the inland.

The GAB Coordinating Committee is meeting this week in Longreach in central-west Queensland and will discuss issues including the coal seam gas sector.

Chairman Jeff Austin says proposed guidelines under the National Water Initiative need to be tightened to ensure mining companies protect water resources.
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