Santos PAL 2 Assets Overview Maps

Santos PAL 2 Assets Overview Maps

With the latest news that Santos have become very active in the Pilliga Forest over the last week of October we are going to be publishing documents specifically relating to Workover Operations that were procured by GIPA last year. Here are two current maps that detail stated drilling opportunities. Santos are currently working at Bohena 3.continue reading →
Latest GISERA/CSIRO report reveals groundwater vulnerability hot spots in Narrabri

Latest GISERA/CSIRO report reveals groundwater vulnerability hot spots in Narrabri

A delayed GISERA/CSIRO report on underground connectivity has revealed fault-related vulnerability of groundwater particularly in the north west of the Narrabri Gas project area, represented by the localities of Bohena Creek, Wilga Park and Yarrie Lake. Faults are geological structures which can allow movement of gas and contaminants from the coal seams to aquifers. The long-awaited Assessment of faults as potential connectivity pathways has been finally released with no media and no announcement, just as a quiet addition to the GISERA and CSIRO websites. This important study was not released until late April…continue reading →
Serious incidents explode Santos’ claims of safe operator

Serious incidents explode Santos’ claims of safe operator

News of the purchase of the Queensland Hunter Gas Pipeline (QHGP) by Santos for an undisclosed amount has put the gas producer’s safety record under scrutiny. Santos’ safety culture has been repeatedly questioned,  the most recent serious incident occurring on 5th July when dismantling a Santos oil rig off Varanus Island on the Western Australian coast. Australian Workers' Union National Secretary Daniel Walton described the incident as one of the “most horrifically scary accidents” the union has ever seen in the WA resources industry. He told 9 NEWS “It seems to be a race…continue reading →
Gas industry attempt to use BTEX chemicals averted by community pressure

Gas industry attempt to use BTEX chemicals averted by community pressure

An application by QGC and Shell to use BTEX-laced synthetic drilling muds during exploration has been averted following community opposition. QGC/Shell applied to the Department of Environment & Science in Queensland in early June to be given approval to use the currently banned BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene) compounds in synthetic drilling muds under its Authority to Prospect (ATP 645) on the Western Darling Downs near Glenmorgan. BTEX is a serious groundwater contaminant with public health implications. The 150-page application was produced by AECOM, an American multinational engineering consultancy. After becoming aware of…continue reading →
NSW Government deceives farmers and quietly reduces CSG areas by 77% while Santos delay Phase 1

NSW Government deceives farmers and quietly reduces CSG areas by 77% while Santos delay Phase 1

The NSW Government has sent a clear signal to would-be investors in the coal seam gas industry in NSW by slashing 77% off the area designated for exploration. Just four Petroleum Exploration Licences (PELs) out of 12 have quietly been renewed by Deputy Premier and Resources Minister Paul Toole MP, a Government backflip that has placed some of the best agricultural country in Australia under gas exploration licences. Minister Toole chose the day before Easter to renew the hugely controversial Liverpool Plains PELs 1 & 12 and the Pilliga Narrabri Gas Project PEL…continue reading →
Santos declares war on Gomeroi Native Title over Narrabri Pilliga gas field

Santos declares war on Gomeroi Native Title over Narrabri Pilliga gas field

In a declaration of war against the cultural heritage of the Gomeroi Traditional Owners of the Pilliga Forest, Santos Ltd will challenge the Gomeroi Nation in the Native Title Tribunal at the Federal Court on 8 April 2022 over an overwhelming decision by the Nation to block the Narrabri Pilliga Gas Project. The decision at the Meeting of the Nation from 22 to 25 March 2022 showed that support for Santos within the Gomeroi is extremely small in numbers. Gomeroi Native Title applicants have called on Santos to abandon its coal seam gas…continue reading →
NWPA present their objection to the Narrabri Stage 3 Coal Mine Expansion to the IPC

NWPA present their objection to the Narrabri Stage 3 Coal Mine Expansion to the IPC

Thank you for the opportunity to come before the IPC, to contribute to the case against approving the Narrabri Stage 3 expansion. I’m Johanna Evans and I represent North West Protection Advocacy, a grassroots environmental advocacy group which is committed to preserving the cultural and ecological values of the Pilliga Forest. I pay my respects to the Elders of Gomeroi/Gamillaraay Country, past present & emerging. It’s inconceivable to us that this project has made it this far based on its greenhouse gas emissions alone. Madam Chair and Commissioners, Stage 3 has been described…continue reading →
Independent film ‘The Pilliga Project’ set to launch this Friday in Redfern

Independent film ‘The Pilliga Project’ set to launch this Friday in Redfern

‘The Pilliga Project’ film by Natalie Haddad is about the threat of Santos’s destructive Narrabri gas project to the Pilliga forest and Australia’s food and water. The gas project will have ripple effects across NSW and Australia, threatening our food and water supply. Protecting the forest will protect Australia’s water supply for generations. During the hot summer of December-January 2020/21 humans from Extinction Rebellion traveled on multiple occasions to the Pilliga forest, attending events, tours and workshops in an effort to immerse themselves into understanding of the diverse, complex and multi-layered Pilliga campaign.…continue reading →
NSW Industrial Footprint Map (May 2022)

NSW Industrial Footprint Map (May 2022)

This map shows the combined footprint of gas pipelines, coal seam gas PELs, inland rail, renewable energy zones, special activation precincts, proposed gas-fired/hydrogen power stations and floating LNG terminals in NSW. Some of this infrastructure is in the proposal stage. Mapping of the coal seam gas PELs in NSW is now complete and there has been a 77% reduction available in the area available for coal seam gas mining with four of the twelve PELs renewed. Narrabri Gas The project involves the progressive development of a coal seam gas field over 20 years…continue reading →