Why the latest study by GISERA fails to prove that fracking is safe

Why the latest study by GISERA fails to prove that fracking is safe

By Shay Dougall, Principal of Molliwell The latest reports from the Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA) are a collaboration between CSIRO, Commonwealth, state governments and industry established to undertake publicly-reported independent research. After the release of the convoluted 3 part report, APPEA predictably barks a bold claim “CSIRO study finds hydraulic fracturing fears unfounded” leading to the spurious and misleading headlines being picked up, run by media and championed by pro-industry politicians like Curtis Pitt MP and ex Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and the Queensland Gasfields Commission. The trouble with these…continue reading →
Carbon Minerals to reactivate on the Liverpool Plains – A stab in the heart

Carbon Minerals to reactivate on the Liverpool Plains – A stab in the heart

Carbon Minerals has recently informed shareholders and the ASX that they intend to pursue a works program in 2020 that includes bringing in a workover rig to attend to four coal seam gas wells within PEL 1 & PEL 12 and the installation of relevant infrastructure to enable production testing for up to six months and 2D seismic work. The company has flagged for this work to occur throughout 2020 with the onground activity to commence in Quarter 3, 2020. Santos have a strong 65% interest in the Petroleum Exploration Licences and this…continue reading →
Arrow Energy ‘Lazarus Project’ rises once again to save us all from COVID—19

Arrow Energy ‘Lazarus Project’ rises once again to save us all from COVID—19

By Shay Dougall, Principal of Molliwell The rehashed announcement by the Qld Premier in the media dead zone of last Friday afternoon that the Arrow Energy Surat Gas Project will go ahead with a final investment decision shows that the Premier is happy to stand with Arrow Energy’s CEO in opposition to the CEOs of farming families in the impacted area. Premier Palaszczuk joyfully (and ignorantly) risks their business, children’s recreation areas, their air quality and water security and their staff's health and safety. The failure of the Premier to consider the impact…continue reading →
Santos Annual General Meeting statements open up new doubts about Narrabri Gas EIS disclosures

Santos Annual General Meeting statements open up new doubts about Narrabri Gas EIS disclosures

Santos chairman Mr Keith Spence has opened up new questions about the accuracy and reliability of the Environmental Impact Statement for the controversial Narrabri Gas Project, indicating to shareholders at the Santos AGM that the target seams for coal seam gas mining in the Pilliga Forest are not those referred to in the EIS itself. To read how this happened see these articles published by Michael West Media. BATTLE FOR NARRABRI. Report claims Santos gas field emissions approach coal. Following the statements made by Santos Chair Mr Keith Spence, Michael West Media also…continue reading →
The People v. Santos & The NSW Government

The People v. Santos & The NSW Government

The epic contest between the people of New South Wales on the one side, and Santos/NSW Government on the other has entered a new phase. The request by NSW Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes to the NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC) to host a Public Hearing that is to be completed within 12 weeks of an assessment report being provided has been backed up by asking the Independent Planning Commission to alter how it holds Public Hearings. NSW Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes, is continuing to push through the Narrabri Gas Project, suggesting…continue reading →
UPDATED: Wilcannia community to blockade bridge and save the Darling (Barka) River demanding water trading end in Australia

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

Friday 13th March will see numerous actions in support of the Wilcannia Blockade:LISMORE: https://www.facebook.com/events/827614881084509/Support the Wilcannia Bridge actionPARRAMATTA: https://www.facebook.com/events/294832408160894/Action: Water for Rivers and Communities: Water is Not for Sale!FLOOD the MINISTER! https://www.melbournefoe.org.au/flood_the_ministerSTOP PUMPING NOW! Please sign! A crowdfunder has been set up to support the ActionGofundme Blockade On the 13th of March, the Darling River community will blockade the bridge at Wilcannia. We are calling for an end to water trading in Australia. The people of the Darling river at Wilcannia and Menindee have been fighting the government for 30 years over the…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 →