Group 'unanimously' opposed to Cecil Plains CSG project

FARMERS on the Condamine flood plain at Cecil Plains in Queensland have reasserted their united opposition to Arrow Energy's coal seam gas project in the Surat basin despite the Federal Government's recent approval, according to a community group.

The farmers - members of the group Save Our Darling Downs (SODD) - voted unanimously at a recent meeting organised by Arrow to continue refusing access to the company.

SODD spokesperson, Ruth Armstrong, said landowners in the district had repeatedly voted unanimously to keep their gates locked against Arrow and will continue to oppose it bringing drill rigs into the community.

"This is some of the most productive land in the country and it is inconceivable that coal seam gas infrastructure could be placed across it without major interference with our activities," Ms Armstrong said.

"Shell and PetroChina will make a lot of money out of this project but they must be aware that it will be at the expense of the many farmers who are growing food and fibre for the nation.

SODD is calling on Arrow's owners, Shell and PetroChina, to realise they will face stiff opposition at Cecil Plains.

"With up to 40% of their gas under the Condamine flood plain, Shell and PetroChina need to make the sensible decision to withdraw from the project when they come to make their Final Investment Decision," Ms Armstrong said.

"Shell's international reputation will be in tatters if it attempts to go ahead with this project without a social licence."

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