A farming family north-west of Brisbane have spoken out about CSG extraction on their land, telling the ABC that despite initial hardships, it has provided them with significant financial support and opportunities.
Origin Energy currently operate forty CSG wells and two water stations scattered across Peter and Nikki Thompson’s agricultural land.
The recent death of anti-CSG campaigner and farmer George Bender still clouds the Queensland unconventional gas industry, however Mr Thompson has made note of the substantial benefits he has experienced due to gas production.
Despite initial hardships, Mr Thompson has said that he and his wife have a good working relationship with Origin, and that the company pays $320,00 a year in compensation for gas production.
“I won’t say for one minute it was easy. It was a long, difficult process, but as it’s evolved, it’s become much more of a partnership”, Mr Thompson said.
According to the Thompsons, the CGS compensation has allowed them to pay down debt and employ more workers.
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