Burke Decides on LNG's Future Today; Predictions Suggest 4 Plants to Get Thumbs Up

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GLADSTONE: The smell of gas is engulfing Gladstone today with everyone holding their breath for the Federal environmental decision on two of the four LNG plants earmarked for Curtis Island.

Federal Environmental Minister Tony Burke is expected to announce the long awaited decision today on both Santos (GLNG) and Queensland Gas Company (QCLNG) projects with industry experts predicting the LNG refineries will be approved with conditions.

The road has been a long one for Gladstone with the hard work and investment now on the precipice of paying off the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into what some have called the energy future of the nation.

Acting Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said Gladstone was a proud industrial region and welcomed development that is well planned, rigorously assessed and mitigates social and environmental impacts.

"People will certainly have individual views on LNG and industrial development generally, but I think it is fair to say that Council shares the majority community view that the approval of LNG for this region is important because it will provide major economic benefits and long-term prosperity for our residents," Cr Sellers said.

"This is not to say that we should take new projects and the jobs they create at any cost. The necessary checks must be completed to ensure there's a balance that provides optimum benefit for this community. …