Wilcannia community to blockade bridge and save the Darling (Barka) River demanding water trading end in Australia

Wilcannia community to blockade bridge and save the Darling (Barka) River demanding water trading end in Australia

Earlier this year we followed Ian Sutton’s journey from the headwaters of the Murray Darling downstream and published Part 1 and Part 2 of Ian's Fact Finding Tour. For the last few weeks Ian has been investigating the area around Wilcannia.On the 25th of February, 2020, Aunty Beryl Philp-Carmichael, Barry-Allan Stone and Ian Sutton sent the below letter to the Prime Minister as a last-ditch effort to prevent their community from dying as their river is. The community in Wilcannia will gather on the bridge on Friday 13th March to protest the ongoing…continue reading →
Santos business case put to the test: fails badly

Santos business case put to the test: fails badly

Just days after the announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison of a Commonwealth-State “energy deal”, gas industry executives faced tough questioning at the second hearing of the NSW Upper House Inquiry into The implementation of the recommendations contained in the NSW Chief Scientist's Independent Review of Coal Seam Gas Activities in New South Wales.   Questions were asked about the economic justification for Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project, which is under assessment by the NSW Government. One of Santos’ pivotal promises is that Narrabri gas will reduce gas prices to the people and industry…continue reading →
Why NSW needs a moratorium on coal seam gas: NWPAs Anna Christie’s opinion

Why NSW needs a moratorium on coal seam gas: NWPAs Anna Christie’s opinion

Anna Christie, Environmental Lawyer, from the North West Protection Advocacy grassroots volunteer group discusses the 850+ well Narrabri coal seam gas mine proposal and why it is imperative that NSW introduces a coal seam gas moratorium. https://soundcloud.com/nwpa/anna-christie-nwpa-is-interviewed-by-bay-fm-110220 Anna presses home the point that a fracking ban will not protect us, and why we need to show maximum support for the coal seam gas moratorium bill proposed by Justin Field Independent MLC. The Coal Seam Gas Moratorium Bill has 4 key elements.  Impose a moratorium on the prospecting for or the mining of coal…continue reading →
“NSW clueless on coal seam gas plan”, NSW Gas Plan in disarray – Letter to AFR

“NSW clueless on coal seam gas plan”, NSW Gas Plan in disarray – Letter to AFR

Don McKenzie the writer of the leading letter to the editor of the AFR “NSW clueless on coal seam gas plan” (7th February 2020)  is not a casual armchair observer, but a community representative from Coonamble, a region endangered by Santos if the Narrabri Gas Project were to be approved. The Australian Financial Review has shown that it is awakening to the realities of the Narrabri Gas Project since its editorial and story “Controversial CSG project set to get green light” (AFR Friday 21st June 2019) where it referred to objectors to the Santos project…continue reading →
Sally Hunter presents evidence to the CSG Inquiry on behalf of People for the Plains, appeals to the Committee for help

Sally Hunter presents evidence to the CSG Inquiry on behalf of People for the Plains, appeals to the Committee for help

Mrs Sally Hunter, Secretary, People for the Plains Inc presented evidence at the second hearing of “The implementation of the recommendations contained in the NSW Chief Scientist's Independent Review of Coal Seam Gas Activities in New South Wales”. Opening Statement I grew up on a property north of Roma and watched as our district became a gasfield, ultimately driving out those families that could not bear the changes that were forced upon them. My parents’ beef business was rendered unworkable. This played out badly for their mental health, their marriage and our farm.…continue reading →
Public Health Communiqúe – Narrabri Gas Project – January 2020

Public Health Communiqúe – Narrabri Gas Project – January 2020

The Public Health Communiqúe is the first in a series to be published by North West Protection Advocacy to inform the public about critical matters concerning the unconventional gas industry in NSW, in particular the Narrabri Gas Project. The 4 page Communiqúe can be downloaded here or read on. What is the Narrabri Gas Project? This is the name given to the first stage of an audacious plan to introduce widespread coal seam gas (CSG) mining to New South Wales. This first stage, which would comprise 850 gas wells in the Narrabri area…continue reading →
Ian Sutton’s Fact Finding Tour – What’s up with the Murray Darling Basin – Part 2

Ian Sutton’s Fact Finding Tour – What’s up with the Murray Darling Basin – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Ian's Fact Finding Tour beginning just south of St. George and then focused on the area around Mungindi – The Northern Basin. Day 11 – January 15th, 2020 Video 14 - Water Lord's – Nobody owns the water https://www.facebook.com/ian.sutto/videos/10217964598199804/ Day 13 – January 17th, 2020 Disclosure 9 - Australians have been lied to: Murray-Darling Basin Authority acted unlawfully. John Williams is an Adjunct Professor at the Crawford School of Pubic Policy at The Australian National University and the Institute of Land Water and Society at Charles Sturt University.…continue reading →
Ian Sutton’s Fact Finding Tour – What’s up with the Murray Darling Basin – Part 1

Ian Sutton’s Fact Finding Tour – What’s up with the Murray Darling Basin – Part 1

This blog is a carbon copy of Ian's Facebook Page. Come on a journey from the Headwaters of the Murray Darling Basin travelling downstream. Ian is investigating the many issues facing the Basin. Day 1 – January 5, 2020 – Spring Creek, Queensland – Headwaters of the Murray Darling Basin Video 1 – Investigating the truth. https://www.facebook.com/ian.sutto/videos/10217877168894126/ Video 2 – Clearing of watershed forests. https://www.facebook.com/ian.sutto/videos/10217877488542117/ Video 3 – Queen Mary Falls. https://www.facebook.com/ian.sutto/videos/10217877698427364/ Day 2 – January 6, 2020 Video 4 – Condamine River, degraded at its source. https://www.facebook.com/ian.sutto/videos/10217877953633744/ Video 5 – The floodplains…continue reading →