Mass tyre burial to go ahead at Tarrawonga and Werris Creek Coal Mines

Mass tyre burial to go ahead at Tarrawonga and Werris Creek Coal Mines

Following nearly a year of swirling allegations that Whitehaven Coal has been using its Maules Creek Coal Mine as an unofficial landfill to bury industrial tyres and waste oil, the Resource Assessments branch of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has approved two of Whitehaven’s other Namoi mines to bury off-the-road (OTR) tyres from mining vehicles. Feature Image: Example of the tyres being buried in their hundreds at Namoi Valley coal mines (Image supplied) A scandal concerning mass industrial tyre burials at Whitehaven Coal’s mines has embroiled three regulators, including the…continue reading →
EPA says yes to CSG drilling waste disposal in the Pilliga: Santos Narrabri Gas

EPA says yes to CSG drilling waste disposal in the Pilliga: Santos Narrabri Gas

The NSW Environment Protection Authority’s latest changes to Santos’ Environmental Protection Licence EPL 20350 include permission to transport and dispose of drill cuttings from the coal seam gas mining process, on site in the Pilliga State Forest which is a recharge zone of the Great Artesian Basin. This condition was approved in just 23 days and there is no available analysis of the chemical composition of the cuttings. The Licence changes will now free the way for Santos to dispose of this waste, which is known to be linked with elevated levels of…continue reading →
NSW Country Women’s Association calls on NSW Government to cease mining exploration licences for $2 companies

NSW Country Women’s Association calls on NSW Government to cease mining exploration licences for $2 companies

A landmark decision has been passed unanimously at the 2021 Annual General Meeting of the NSW Country Women’s Association calling on the NSW Government to cease the practice of offering Mineral Exploration Licences to $2 companies.The motion by White Cliffs Branch, which is part of the Darling River Group, refers to the practice of allowing companies with only $2 capitalisation to approach farmers to gain access to land for prospecting, placing the burden of risk and damage to their properties on landowners and not the mining companies. White Cliffs CWA members Penne Clarke,…continue reading →
Whitehaven Coal’s Vickery Project is a stranded asset

Whitehaven Coal’s Vickery Project is a stranded asset

A fresh report from IEEFA, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, has called the Vickery Extension Coal project a “folly” and a “stranded project”. The Institute states that Whitehaven Coal’s “wealth destruction is extreme and ongoing”. Vickery, an audacious 10 million tonnes per annum approval originally planned to include an open cut coal pit directly on the Namoi River, is located in the northern part of the Liverpool Plains between Gunnedah and Boggabri. “A decade on from the acquisition of the Vickery coal deposit, the strategic or economic merit of Whitehaven…continue reading →
NSW Planning Secretary approves disgraced consultancy OzArk to Santos Advisory Group

NSW Planning Secretary approves disgraced consultancy OzArk to Santos Advisory Group

The NSW Planning Secretary Jim Betts has appointed a controversial archaeological consultancy, Oz Ark Environment and Heritage, to the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Group for Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project. This, in the face of two previous Oz Ark reports in the Narrabri region receiving scathing criticism for inaccuracy and inadequate consultation, one of which – the Maules Creek Oral History  – was removed from the website of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment following complaints from the public. Condition B58 of the Narrabri Gas Project approval makes it clear under “Notes”…continue reading →
OzArk Cultural Heritage Study – Narrabri LGA

OzArk Cultural Heritage Study – Narrabri LGA

This study can be viewed online here on the NSW Government Planning Portal. This consultation was in the form of email, postal mail and phone calls to relevant Aboriginal agencies and individuals. We have provided a marked up version below: https://nwprotectionadvocacy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Oz-Ark-Aboriginal-Cultural-Heritage-Study.pdfcontinue reading →
NSW Government mobilises plans to frack for gas in Western NSW

NSW Government mobilises plans to frack for gas in Western NSW

Tights Sands gas mining (unconventional gas) is once again on the agenda after the NSW Government quietly reopened the Preliminary Regional Issues Assessment (PRIA) for Western NSW. The original PRIA was announced in 2017 and covered an area half the size of the recent announcement. The NSW Government says “Preliminary Regional Issues Assessment is an initial assessment of social, environmental and economic matters relating to areas that could be released for petroleum exploration. It involves engaging with interested and potentially impacted stakeholders to identify issues for consideration as part of the Strategic Release…continue reading →
Gas industry contractors should beware of reputational risks

Gas industry contractors should beware of reputational risks

Contractors to the coal seam gas industry need to be aware of the reputational risks they incur by taking on contracts that may appear lucrative, but attract far more scrutiny than other industries they might be capable of servicing. These businesses need to understand the history of the gas industry and the reasons it is regarded with suspicion and watched closely. Events in the Pilliga East State Forest last week highlighted the scrutiny that is on the coal seam gas industry, including Santos and its contractors. A Santos contractor, Specialised Civil Services, learned…continue reading →
Santos lure NSW Waratahs to dirty sponsorship money

Santos lure NSW Waratahs to dirty sponsorship money

Prior to the NSW Waratahs accepting sponsorship from gas company Santos, North West Protection Advocacy Patron, Maria Rickert from Pilliga Pottery, penned this letter to the Chairman of the NSW Waratahs, Roger Davis. To say we are deeply disappointed by the decision of the Waratahs to accept this sponsorship deal is an understatement. Here is our letter. To: NSW WaratahsAtt: Roger Davis, ChairmanLocked Bag 1222, Paddington NSW 2021 19th January 2021 Re: Santos Festival of Rugby, Narrabri Dear Roger, My name is Maria Rickert, I am the Patron of North West Protection Advocacy,…continue reading →