The Liberal party of Australia accepted a $25,000 contribution from a gas company months after it was charged over what has since emerged as potentially one of the country’s biggest environmental pollution cases.
Linc Energy gave $25,000 to the federal arm of the Liberal party some time between July 2014 and June 2015, according to Australian Electoral Commission records released on Monday.
The company, which had shifted its base from Australia to Singapore in 2013, was first charged in April 2014 over alleged serious environmental harm caused by gas leaks from Linc’s underground coal gasification plant near Chinchilla.
The prosecution continues, with Linc since hit with further criminal charges of wilfully causing serious environmental harm through toxic damage to air, groundwater and soil over up to 320 square kilometres of farmland.
Linc faces fines of up to $32.5m if found guilty.
Anti-gas industry protest group Lock The Gate called on the Liberal party to return the “tainted donations” it received from Linc after it was charged.