Yellow chat (Dawson), endangered species native to Capricornia region and under threat due to Arrow Bowen pipeline. Photo Contributed
Yellow chat (Dawson), endangered species native to Capricornia region and under threat due to Arrow Bowen pipeline. Photo Contributed Contributed: Robert Black

Conservation group claims CSG pipeline threatens species

A LOCAL environment group has claimed Arrow Energy's coal seam gas pipeline could threaten a critically endangered native bird.

The State Government's Environment Department has approved plans for the 600km gas pipeline from the Surat and Bowen basins to Gladstone.

But Capricorn Conservation Council spokesman Michael McCabe says the project's environmental impact statement doesn't adequately address the habitat of central Queensland's yellow chat bird.

"If you damage an ecosystem, it can take 300 years to reform. You can't replace wildlife and how each element depends on each other," Mr McCabe said.

CQUniversity ecologist Wayne Houston has been studying the bird for 12 years and said there were only 250 left in habitats on Curtis Island and along the Capricorn Coast.

"Any pipeline within a few hundred metres of where the yellow chats occur and any pipeline proposal crossing streams, the company would have to be very careful how they implement that," Mr Houston said.

"Any change in hydrology impacts survival."

Mr McCabe also said his organisation wants a halt to further LNG development in the region, until a scientific review of the environmental impact of Gladstone Harbour development is released.

Capricorn Conservation Council met with UNESCO representatives when they visited Gladstone last year.

The international committee asked the Federal Government to commission an independent review into environmental management in Gladstone Harbour.

Public submissions to that review panel closed last week.

Meanwhile, Mr McCabe said his organisation had been unsuccessful in attempts to contact Arrow Energy about the yellow chat.

"Approval of this pipeline is jumping the gun," Mr McCabe said.

Arrow Energy declined to comment for this story.