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Fertile farming areas need to be protected from CSG: Hopper

KAP state leader and member for Condamine Ray Hopper
KAP state leader and member for Condamine Ray Hopper Contributed

QUEEENSLAND'S arm of Katter's Australia Party is pushing to create new laws that would ban drilling for coal seam gas on "prime agriculture land".

KAP state leader and member for Condamine Ray Hopper introduced the bill to Queensland Parliament on Friday, saying fertile farming areas needed to be protected for future generations.

"A number of these wells are being constructed in the very productive agriculture areas of Queensland," he said.

Queensland is expected to develop between 30,000 and 40,000 gas wells as the coal seam gas industry continues to grow.

Mr Hopper said the growth of gas would cause "significant issues" for farmers and graziers if underground water sources were contaminated during extraction.

Community concern that farming land may be under threat from gas projects has been long-discussed in south-west parts of Queensland.

The State Government is currently developing the Darling Downs regional plan which will cover six council areas in the region.

The goal of the plan is to "resolve land use conflicts arising from agricultural and mining activities" and address infrastructure and environmental issues.

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