ARC Welcomes Turnbull Tour

Toowoomba oil and gas services company ARC Well Equipment has welcomed today’s announcement in Canberra that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will visit Queensland farms to personally investigate the impact of coal seam gas (CSG) wells on agriculture.

The announcement follows an approach by Senator Glenn Lazarus who is calling for the establishment of a royal commission into the impacts of coal seam gas, a CSG commissioner, and a resources ombudsman to deal with complaints.

ARC Well Equipment Managing Director Guido Stangherlin believed the vast majority of interactions between CSG operators and landholders produced win-win outcomes but said a commitment to continuous improvement was the key for long-term co-existence.

“Agriculture and gas industries are not natural bedfellows but a lot of work has been done on either side to ensure opportunities for local economies are maximised,” Mr Stangherlin said.

“But that’s not to say that’s there’s not more work to be done and the ongoing challenge is to find new ways to reduce impacts of CSG on farming land.

“The growing demand for our well equipment that significantly reduces impacts on the environment suggests to me that gas companies are seeking new and innovative ways to improve their environmental performance in order to promote and secure landholder acceptance,” he said.

Mr Stangherlin, a second generation farmer, said clients such as QGC were using ARC’s well equipment to put sustainability into action.

“QGC has collaborated with us from day one to design and engineer equipment such as our SCUF tanks to contain process water and prevent spills on the ground,” he said.

“The more you reduce your environmental impacts the more opportunities you have for co-existence and this is something that drives ARC.”