Cougar Energy's UCG trial at Kingaroy.
Cougar Energy's UCG trial at Kingaroy. Eddie Hueppauff

Cougar fined for cancer-causing chemicals at Qld trial

COUGAR Energy has been fined $75,000 for releasing a cancer-causing chemical into groundwater at its coal seam gas trial project in Queensland.

The company's $550 million underground coal gasification (UCG) trial at Kingaroy was shut down by the state government in January 2011 after the cancer-causing chemical benzene was found in nearby bores.

Prosecutor Alan MacSporran QC told Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday that Cougar had failed to install a production well in line with agreed environmental conditions and later released benzene into the local groundwater.

Mr MacSporran said Cougar also failed to notify authorities about the benzene release as soon as reasonably practicable.

Cougar pled guilty to three counts of contravening conditions of an environmental authority for a licence earlier in 2013.

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