An aerial view of the QCLNG project.
An aerial view of the QCLNG project.

CMC finds no misconduct by LNG companies during process

QUEENSLAND'S Crime and Misconduct Commission has found no evidence of misconduct by LNG companies, including Gladstone's QCLNG, following official complaints about approval processes.

Accusations against two companies included that undue pressure was placed on government officers and consultants, and environmental impacts of CSG were insufficiently assessed.

The CMC found that while the approvals for two enormous gas projects with a combined value beyond $40 billion may have been given under pressure, they were above board.

The developments from Santos and QGC landed in the spotlight earlier this year, after a Queensland Government whistleblower made allegations that those assessing the projects were given too little time to consider the plans.

Claims were also made that the process was "corrupted" and the environmental impact statements were not up to legal standards.

The CMC had retired Supreme Court Justice Stanley Jones QC investigate the claims.

While there was "considerable time pressure" on the department, Mr Jones found this was not unfairly done by senior officers or "external agencies".

He found no evidence to support the other allegations.

Having been given Mr Jones's response, the CMC concluded it would take no further action.

The investigation did not consider government policy, environmental or health impacts of coal seam gas, only if any person had acted inappropriately.