Linc Energy has been issued with a record fine of $4.5 million for causing serious environmental harm as a result of its underground coal gassification project near Chinchilla.
Following the Brisbane District Court’s finding that Linc Energy was guilty of five counts of serious environmental harm, the Court ordered a record fine against the now bankrupt company of $4.5million.
While reports have Judge Michael Shanahan saying he recognised that he was unsure if the fine could ever be paid, the decision and significant fine is a clear warning to companies in Queensland that causing environmental harm will not be ignored.
The five directors of the company have additionally been criminally charged over the plant’s operation, and will face Brisbane Magistrates Court in July. If convicted of the charges the directors face up to five years’ jail each.
You can read more about the prosecutions here.