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Doctor says CSG bad for kids, pregnant women

BRISBANE GP Geralyn McCarron is urging families with young children or pregnant women not to buy lifestyle blocks near Surat Basin coal seam gas fields.

Dr McCarron first became involved with coal seam gas research in June, 2012, gathering local anecdotes about headaches, nose-bleeds, gastric issues, pins and needles, rashes and fits.

She published a report based on her experience with 113 people, 58% of whom "felt their health was affected by CSG".

Queensland Health released its own study in 2013 which Dr McCarron said took information from just 56 people, 13 visited in person.

"That's the basis of the Queensland Health report, which has been used to justify the stance that there isn't an issue."

Dr McCarron said her interest in the region was driven by the "immense escalation" of particulate pollution in the area.

"In terms of how much they can vent or flare, there's practically no limitations," she said.

"I think it is not a healthy environment for children to live in - certainly not for pregnant women."

Topics:  coal seam gas mining queensland health surat basin

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