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.
Thankfully, a local birdwatcher told the Gladstone Observer that such an occurrence would be unlikely.
However, the newspaper also pointed out that a large number of migrating songbirds (10,000, more commonly reported to be 7500) were killed in a gas flare in Canada last September.