Mining company Arrow Energy says its Bowen Basin coal seam gas (CSG) project will create more than 2,000 jobs in central Queensland in the next four years.
Yesterday, the State Government gave approval for the project, which includes the staged expansion of 4,000 wells over the next 40 years.
The expansion covers tenements in Glenden, Moranbah, Dysart, Middlemount and Blackwater.
Arrow says the project has been scaled back in line with public feedback.
The original environmental impact statement had suggested more than 6,600 wells be built.
Landowner John Baker says any development in the area needs to be fair on farmers.
“The major concern … that a lot of people have is that they’re adequately compensated,” he said.
“I mean most people can put up with some sort of inconvenience if they’re properly compensated for it. See sometimes you hear of people that have been properly compensated and other people that have horror stories and they feel that they’ve been badly done by.”
The project now awaits Federal Government approval.