The Mackay Regional Council says it is looking at whether the old dump at Bayersville can be used to help offset the impact of the carbon tax.
The impact of the tax for the carbon emitted from the Hogan’s Pocket facility is estimated to be $74 million over a 40-year period.
Jason Devitt from council says it is looking at whether it can capture the gas from the Bayersville facility, which will be turned into energy and create carbon credits.
“Unfortunately Bayersville was built many years ago, so we have water leaching in, so that mitigates some of the gas, so we suspect it’s probably borderline now about whether you spend the money,” he said.
“If you spend $600,000, do we actually recover that amount from the flaring?
“So that’s what we’ve got to have a look at.”