Santos: Blatant disdain for a robust, timely and thorough assessment

Santos: Blatant disdain for a robust, timely and thorough assessment

Santos recently submitted their Supplementary Response to Agency Submissions (SRTS) to the NSW Government. The document took over 12 months to formulate but flat out refuses to address several major requests by government agencies. NSW Planning released the document the day before the Santos AGM held in May and since then CEO Kevin Gallagher has been shamelessly pressuring the NSW government to expedite the assessment process despite Santos being the ones who’ve dragged the process out for many years. The pressure is being applied by Santos, some industry groups, the Australian Workers Union…continue reading →
The cost of gasfield rehabilitation

The cost of gasfield rehabilitation

A revealing document detailing the estimates of rehabilitation of Pel 238 & Pal 2. The costing includes: Decommissioning of coal seam gas wells and associated headworks and rehabilitation of the land disturbances at the well pads.Rehabilitation of disturbances associated with gas and water gathering pipeline easements and access roadways.Decommissioning and rehabilitation of gathering lines between the facility at Dewhurst facility and the boundary of Petroleum Assessment Lease (PAL) 2.Decommissioning and rehabilitation of a yet to be built water flow line between Tintsfield and the Bibblewindi Transfer Facility.Decommissioning and rehabilitation of dams at Tintsfield…continue reading →

Rocglen Fine Reduced

Rocglen mine pollution fine reduced due to “good character” of Whitehaven… but Court did not hear the full story … Rocglen Mine, situated on the floodplain with the Nandewar Ranges to the east (top) and Vickery State Forest to the west (left of pic) Pic courtesy of Wando Conservation and Cultural Centre Inc, Maules Creek. The NSW Land and Environment Court has decided the case of Environment Protection Authority v Whitehaven Coal Mining Ltd [2019] NSWLEC 27, a prosecution of the Rocglen Coal mine over a blasting violation from 2016. Whitehaven Coal Mining…continue reading →

Ferris Consulting starts recruiting for non-existent Senior Roles at Whitehaven Coal

Advertisement in the Australian newspaper (160319) Whitehaven Coal has undermined confidence in the NSW planning system in relation to the proposed Vickery Coal Hub project near Gunnedah, by starting recruitment for three senior positions in the proposed megamine complex on the Namoi River. The company has pre-judged the NSW IPC by engaging Brisbane-based Ferris Psychologists to recruit the executives “subject to Federal and State approvals, construction expected to begin as early as early as 2020”. The characteristically audacious job advertisement for the non-existent top jobs contradicts reports by commodities analysts FN Arena @fnarena…continue reading →

EXPIRED Petroleum Titles and Applications (NSW) Current as at 1 May 2018

This is a map detailing the expired petroleum titles in NSW. The impacted communities have been calling for these titles to be cancelled for many years. Santos is on record saying they have no plans to drill for gas on the Liverpool Plains. There has been no gas exploration activity in eleven of these twelve PELs for years and yet the Gov will not cancel them under the 'Use it or Lose it'.  https://resourcesandgeoscience.nsw.gov.au/miners-and-explorers/applications-and-approvals/current-titles-reports-applications-and-services/title-status-reports/Petroleum-TitlesCurrent-2018-05.pdf Minister Harwin was questioned on the issue in parliament by Jeremy Buckingham MP. The MINIMUM STANDARDS AND MERIT ASSESSMENT…continue reading →
NSW Department of Planning reveals Whitehaven plans for Major Coal Hub

NSW Department of Planning reveals Whitehaven plans for Major Coal Hub

The NSW Department of Planning has inadvertently revealed to the world a fact that Whitehaven Coal would rather not admit. Contrary to claims by CEO Paul Flynn, the so-called Vickery Extension Project going before the NSW Independent Planning Commission is not a mere “extension” of an existing coal mine. It is in reality a plan for a brand new, major coal hub that will include not only the 10 Million Tonnes Per Annum megamine, a 13 Million Tonnes Per Annum Coal Handling and Processing Plant (CHPP) which will import coal from other mines,…continue reading →