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Ban dirty energy experiments in SA

It’s hard to believe, but a highly controversial technology that is illegal in Queensland called ‘Underground Coal Gasification’ — or UCG — is set to be trialed here in SA.

 

This dirty industrial process involves setting fire to buried coal to extract gas.

 

It went horribly wrong in Queensland, contaminating hundreds of square kilometres of the Darling Downs with harmful gases in an event the then Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles described as "the biggest pollution event probably in Queensland's history."

 

Help us take action to stop this irresponsible experiment once and for all.

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Dear Premier Weatherill

Underground Coal Gasification (UCG, or in situ gasification) is an extreme fossil fuel technology that was banned in Queensland in 2016 after it contaminated hundreds of square kilometers of the Darling Downs with harmful gases.

At the time, the then-Queensland Labor Environment Minister Steven Miles described it as "the biggest pollution event probably in Queensland's history."

A company is now proposing to trial UCG in our state – at Leigh Creek.

I cannot understand why you would want to bring UCG here when our state is such a proud leader in renewable energy.

I urge you to follow Queensland’s lead: ban the use of Underground Coal Gasification in South Australia and put a stop to the Leigh Creek Energy project.

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