Mike Foley The Land 1 February, 2017
AFTER years of delays, gas developer Santos has finally submitted development plans for its Narrabri project in and around the Pilliga forest to NSW government.
The company says the project will deliver supply security and construction jobs to the State. But opponents claim the company is seeking approval to boost the prospects of the project, given Santos has written down the value of the project by $1 billion.
Santos’ major planning assessment document for the project, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), was lodged with NSW Planning on Wednesday morning. The Department typically reviews EIS documents for several weeks before they are made public and submissions are opened.
Santos chief executive Kevin Gallagher was quoted in a statement on the Australian Securities Exchange which said had “spent time producing a comprehensive EIS so the local Narrabri community and stakeholders can be confident the environment and water will be protected as the project is developed”.
The statement said CSG be located on about 1000 hectares in and around the Pilliga forest near Narrabri. About 60 percent of the project area covers land set aside by State government for forestry, the rest on privately held farmland. Santos signed a statement to government and farm groups which committed not force entry on any privately-held land.
The Greens NSW Resources and Energy spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham said today that Santos’ lodgement of plans for their Narrabri project would reignite the war over coal seam gas in NSW and called on the called on the new NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, to clarify whether she will support the development of a toxic coal seam gas industry in NSW.
Santos announced today that they have lodged their Environmental Impact Statement for their proposed Narrabri coal seam gas project with NSW Planning as well as a deal with the APA Group to build a new pipeline to connect the project to APA’s existing pipeline between Moomba and Sydney.
Santos today submitted the State Significant Development Application and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its Narrabri Gas Project to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
The proposed Narrabri Gas Project, located in North West NSW, could supply up to 50% of NSW gas needs and provide significant benefits to the region and the state more broadly. Santos will make the gas available to NSW and the east coast domestic market via a pipeline linking into the existing Moomba to Sydney Pipeline. The pipeline will be constructed by APA Group and will be subject to a separate approval.
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By Natasha Robinson Posted yesterday at 2:23pm ABC News
Landowners from Narrabri on the state's north west slopes are asking the NSW Court of Appeal to overturn a decision that gives the green light to a controversial water treatment facility.
Gas giant Santos has been given approval to operate the facility, which would treat wastewater and brine from coal seam gas exploration activities near the Pilliga State Forest.
Jamieson Murphy July 7, 2016 Northern Daily Leader
WHITEHAVEN Coal is attempting to water down the approval conditions at the Maules Creek mine rather than fulfil them, concerned residents say.
The company must transport 90 per cent of the mine’s workforce to and from the facility via shuttle bus – in April last year it was fined $3000 for failing to do so.
Whitehaven says it is not necessary to apply a new condition to its Maules Creek mine preventing blasting when the winds blows in a north westerly direction.
Two local farming families have asked the mine to stop using the explosives when the wind blows across their properties.
The Environment Protection Authority is conducting audits of noise, air and blasting operations on the site.
The company's CEO, Paul Flynn says while the mine agreed to a similar condition at its Werris Creek mine, the situation is different at Maules Creek and is not needed.
He is speaking to Kelly Fuller on ABC New England North West after the ABC Australian Story on the situation:
By Jamieson Murphy Feb. 8, 2016, 9:30 p.m. The Northern Daily Leader
A DATE has been set for Santos and People for the Plains to battle it out in court.
The two-day court case will by heard by the NSW Land and Environment Court on April 6 and April 8.
The local anti-coal seam gas (CSG) group will argue the approval for the gas company’s Leewood facility in the Pilliga forest is illegal.
Under NSW planning laws, CSG explorations works don’t need development consent.
9 News 3 February 2016
Protesters opposing a coal seam gas wastewater plant in northern NSW aren't giving up their cause any time soon.
Around 30 anti-CSG demonstrators blocked access on Wednesday morning to the Santos Leewood Water treatment plant in the Pilliga forest south of Narrabri, which will support 850 CSG wells above the Great Artesian Basin.
Sixth-generation farmer Neil Kennedy from Coonamble has chained himself by the neck to the site's front gate, despite heavy rain turning the ground to mud.
"We're going to keep on protesting and doing what we can, fighting this thing," Mr Kennedy told AAP from a mobile phone.
The 73-year-old admitted he was "getting a bit old for this", but he doesn't want to see the land destroyed for future generations.
"I've got 13 grandchildren, and they're good little blokes and I'd like to think they've got a future out here," he said.
Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/02/03/13/05/protesters-continue-to-block-nsw-csg-site#J3zK3rJ5EerCduql.99
Feb. 2, 2016, 8 p.m. Northern Daily Leader
POLICE have refused to comment on claims pepper spray was used to subdue a protester on Monday during a lock on at Santos’ Leewood facility in the Pilliga forest.
Two South Australian women, Kerri Tonkin and Cyd Fenwick, locked themselves to an excavator at 9am as part of a peaceful protest.
According to the group, police arrived at 9.40am, removed all other protesters and requested the women remove themselves.
A spokesperson for the protesters told The Leader one of the officers allegedly pepper sprayed Ms Tonkin at close range.
The group then claims Ms Tonkin was lifted and thrown over the arm of the excavator while her arm was still locked on.
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Feb. 2, 2016, 8:30 p.m. Northern Daily Leader
ANTI-coal seam gas groups have hit back at claims the majority of people in the Narrabri Shire support Santos’ operations.
The Narrabri Chamber of Commerce told The Leader on Monday the “vast majority” of the shire was pro-Santos.
However, Lock The Gate and People For The Plains said their research showed the opposite.
People For The Plains spokeswoman Sarah Ciesiolka said they had conducted door-to-door community surveys.
Of those asked, 96 per cent of people were opposed to coal seam gas (CSG).
“The surveys have conclusively demonstrated Santos has no social licence to operate here,” Ms Ciesiolka said.
“Despite what Santos, Yes2Gas and the Narrabri Chamber of Commerce would like people to believe, there is wide-scale community rejection of the CSG industry in North West NSW, and Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project in particular.”
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Simon Evans SMH
BBC News report on the Pilliga
28 January 2016 Last updated at 02:44 GMT
It's a natural gas that supporters say could power another resources boom in Australia.
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Sam Burbury reporting for NBN News
After ridding the Northern Rivers of coal seam gas mining, protestors have shifted focus.
They’ve now set their sights on Santos’ Pilliga CSG operations, while also lending a hand to campaigners overseas.
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Jamieson Murphy Feb. 1, 2016, 10 p.m Northern Daily Leader
NARRABRI is sick of out-of-town coal seam gas protesters speaking on behalf of their community, according to the local chamber of commerce.
Chamber president Russell Stewart said the “vast majority” of Narrabri Shire was pro-Santos – and they’re sick to death of fly-in, fly-out protesters purporting to represent local interests.
“We are sick and tired of people travelling in, annoying us, getting on the television and telling the world what we think,” Mr Stewart said.
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