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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3260

Dr Everingham asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 15 May 1980:

(   1 ) Has the Minister been informed of proposed prospecting for oil shale in the Nagoorin area of the Byrne Valley near Gladstone, Queensland, under authority to prospect No. 2268M and application to prospect No. 7 of 1980; if so (a) when and (b) by whom.

(2)   Will the Government consider the impact of oil shale development in the area, especially on rural industry and town water supplies, and seek an environmental impact study independent of that commissioned by any prospector.

(3)   Will the local authorities and communities affected be kept informed and fully involved in discussion ofthe impact of any development.

Mr Anthony -The Minister for National Development and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question: ( 1 ), (2) and (3) I am aware from public reports of activities in this area by a subsidiary of Mining Houses of Australia Ltd. However, I am not aware of any related development plans at this stage. If the companies concerned firm up plans for development in the future action would then be considered by the Commonwealth in accordance with the terms of the Environment Protection Administrative Procedures.

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