Fracking in Lake Eyre basin ‘would derail Queensland’s emissions plan’

Gas extraction could generate up to 199m tonnes of C02-equivalent a year, expert warns

Allowing fossil fuel companies to extract gas from beneath the Lake Eyre basin would “blow out of the water” the Queensland government’s emission targets and make it more difficult for Australia to comply with its international obligations, a new report says.

Origin Energy was given approval by the state government to begin exploration for gas on leases in the basin in late December.

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