As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Gas flares a risk of barbecued bird-life [opinion]

12 August, 2014 Ben Hagemann

Forget about the dangers of coal seam gas drilling, because a new bogeyman has come to the gas industry.

Last week the QCLNG plant on Curtis Island tested its flare tower for the first time, sending conservationists running for the internet to decry the tragedy that awaits the feathery likes of the red-necked stint pass, the grey-tailed tattler, and the oft-maligned barpailed godwit. 

The concern is that there is a risk, during flares of natural gas from any of the three plants on the island, that migrating birds will attempt to fly through the flames and be incinerated.

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