The QCLNG flare earlier in the year, July.
The QCLNG flare earlier in the year, July.

State govt may extend air quality monitoring after flaring

THE state government is considering extending Gladstone's Air Monitoring Network.

Mayor Gail Sellers revealed the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection's plans after a meeting with the council yesterday in relation to the LNG flares on Curtis Island.

EHP maintains there have been no adverse readings on the existing monitors as a result of flaring incidents sending plumes of black smoke into the sky, visible from across Gladstone city.

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And while any plans to install additional monitoring stations haven't been finalised, resident will be relieved the move is being considered.

Several complaints from the community about the flaring incidents have already been investigated by the environmental authority and Cr Sellers said those investigations could lead to further action against any flare operators found to have breached environmental legislation.

The visit from EHP follows calls from Cr Col Chapman, Gladstone Conservation Council and Gladstone Region Environmental Advisory Network in August for more scrutiny and clarification related to the flaring incidents.

Cr Sellers said while the air monitoring stations had picked up 'visibility reducing particles' to levels that exceeding national standards; they were traced to other environmental factors such as bushfires.

"The results presented (by EHP yesterday) showed the air quality has been assessed on their scale as 'good' to 'very good'," Cr Sellers said.