Broken promises on water security and Nationals CSG support

Broken promises on water security and Nationals CSG support

Broken promises of the NSW Nationals Party bubbled to the surface during Parliamentary debates over the CSG Moratorium Bill. The bill passed in the NSW Legislative Council in early June, but was defeated in the Legislative Assembly after the ruling Liberal and National Party coalition withheld support of it. The Nationals have also gone to great lengths to stymie the Chief Scientist’s Recommendations on CSG, arguing that they were never intended to apply to the Narrabri Gas project, and were only intended if NSW had a full-blown CSG industry (from 7 mins). At…continue reading →
The time has come to act for the Pilliga

The time has come to act for the Pilliga

UPDATE 21/6/20: The IPC is aware of an issue with the system that is not allowing people to register to speak via their website. They are working on fixing this ASAP. They have asked for people to download the pdf registration form and email it to them at ipcn@ipcn.nsw.gov.auThe long drawn out assessment process for the Narrabri Gas Project, an 850+ Coal Seam Gas well proposal to be focused in NSW’s Pilliga forest has nearly reached the end. You can view the report here. This is the last chance that you will have…continue reading →
Arrow Energy’s Unconventional Gas Innovations on Surat ‘Monster’ Gas Project

Arrow Energy’s Unconventional Gas Innovations on Surat ‘Monster’ Gas Project

Two Arrow Energy online ‘Town Hall’ sessions were held earlier in the week attracting over 150 participants. Several Arrow staff shared some of the innovations that will significantly cut their operating and waste management costs but will increase the environmental risk. This monster project was approved seven years ago with none of the recent innovations detailed in that approval. The sessions follow on from the rehashed Covid–19 announcement in April 2020. Landholders have a great deal to be concerned about. Arrow Energy are at the cutting edge of cheap Chinese gasfield development in…continue reading →
Recent pollution offender, Tarrawonga coal mine undertakes new water grab

Recent pollution offender, Tarrawonga coal mine undertakes new water grab

Above: Tarrawonga mine, with two of its many dams. The mine was deemed to have failing rehabilitation by NSW Resources Regulator and to have “poor revegetation”. With an open woodland rehabilitation objective, the Regulator expects that a mine operating for 13 years would be able to demonstrate significant areas of progressive rehabilitation reaching ecosystem establishment. Image: Courtesy Wando Conservation and Cultural Centre Inc. Tarrawonga coal mine’s proposed 50km water pipeline sneaked through public exhibition in small print after a modification of its planning approval was advertised in Narrabri’s The Courier newspaper in May.…continue reading →
Portrait of a Gasfield Workforce – The Jobs Myth

Portrait of a Gasfield Workforce – The Jobs Myth

One of the gas industry’s cruelest and most poisonous false claims – that it will generate a jobs boom for Australia – is now threatening to undermine the good work of countless groups, individuals and business owners in moving towards a more sustainable future. In NSW, a jobs boom for Narrabri is being promoted by gas supporters as a benefit of state significance and threatens to drown out the prohibitive problems arising from coal seam gas (CSG). This includes the gas industry’s inability to fulfill the NSW Chief Scientists’ Recommendations to provide security…continue reading →
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 →