Fight against Western Downs coal seam gas reaches UN

THE impact of the CSG industry to the Western Downs was one of the focal points at the United Nations’ Human Rights Council session earlier this month.

At the 31st United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Switzerland, a report on the environmental and human impacts of the CSG industry in the Chinchilla region was delivered to the council by UN consultants and human rights organisation, the Sisters of Mercy.

The Sisters, who visited Chinchilla in October last year to gain a local perspective on fracking were aided by the Western Downs and Wider Unconventional Gas Group (WDWUGG) in putting together a testimony for the UN and the Australian Government.

Western Downs resident and WDWUGG spokesperson Shay Dougall said the Sisters of Mercy’s submission to the UN’s Human Rights Council was a pivotal moment for Australians, particularly those in the Western Downs.

“We have been fighting for our rights and highlighting governmental failures at every level to heed people’s concerns and prevent human rights violations related to coal seam gas mining,” Mrs Dougall said.

“We are calling upon the international conventions to address the human rights violations happening right now in the Western Downs as a result of unconventional gas.”