Save the Reef backs council's concerns over Arrow plant

ENVIRONMENTAL group Save the Reef has backed Gladstone Regional Council's concerns about plans for the Arrow LNG plant, claiming it will increase air pollution over Gladstone homes.

The Queensland Coordinator-General last month approved the fourth LNG development on Curtis Island, and the Federal Environment Minister will make a decision on it by October 23.

Save the Reef campaigner Dr Libby Connors said the Coordinator-General had "let Gladstone down badly" on the $17 billion project.

"(Project owner) Shell admits in their supplementary report to the environmental impact study that their plant will increase nitrogen dioxide emissions over the township which already exceed the standard for human health and well being," Dr Connors said.

"The Queensland Coordinator-General has simply ticked the box on all that Shell has asked for in this development, including saying yes to a development knowing that it will harm the health of residents."

While GRC had wanted more than $72 million in social and environmental impact offsets, the C-G's evaluation conditioned only "up to" $11.5 million.

The Observer has sought comment from Arrow.