Farmers claim Hunter-Queensland Gas Pipeline Project meeting raises more questions than answers

File photo.
File photo.

LANDHOLDERS concerned by the potential impacts of the proposed Hunter-Queensland Gas Pipeline project say a community meeting has left them with "more questions than answers".

The meeting, hosted by Hunter Gas and Liverpool Plains Shire Council, allowed locals a chance to learn more about the project.

However, Breeza farmer Peter Wills said the meeting - which attracted a number of Upper Hunter residents - failed to quell his concerns regarding the proposed $1 billion pipeline.

"I certainly left with more questions than answers," Mr Wills said.

"In my opinion there was a lot of gas industry jargon and talking points that didn't really answer too many of our questions."

Mr Wills said many issues were raised during the meeting, including potential risks to local water supplies, agricultural land and the impacts on community relations.

"We brought up a lot of our concerns regarding the local town water, black soil concerns and erosion concerns," he said.

"I think a lot of the answers glossed over the issues and didn't really assuage our concerns."

Liverpool Plains mayor Andrew Hope said he didn't share Mr Wills' views on the meeting posing more questions than answers.

"That's certainly not how I came away from the meeting," he said.

"Personally, I thought it was a pretty productive morning.

"I had many questions answered and there is some still to be answered.

"When I was approached by members of the community regarding the fact they didn't feel Hunter Gas were willing to consult with the community, we as a council set about facilitating this meeting.

"Now I think it is obvious the company is willing to consult with the community and will continue to do so going forward."

Cr Hope said more community meetings regarding the project would be held in the coming months.

"Because of coronavirus, it's been hard to have everybody but they have offered to come back and have another sit down with another group," he said.

"As well as that, they have also indicated they will be doing individual consultations with every affected landholder as part of the overall process."

Hunter Gas was contacted for comment.