GFCQ Review of RPI – missing one letter – A for Agriculture

GFCQ Review of RPI – missing one letter – A for Agriculture

By Shay Dougall – Principle of Molliwell, Shay is a landholder advocate and Chinchilla resident. Molliwell is a health and safety consultancy specialising in all aspects of workplace health & safety for small to medium businesses. Shay completed her Masters in OHSE (ACU) 2019. The Gas Fields Commission Queensland have released their report on their limited scope review of the Regional Planning Interests Act (RPI).  The review was recommended by the Queensland Audit Office’s (QAO) Performance Audit Report “Managing Coal Seam Gas Activities”.  AcronymFull NameGFCQGas Fields Commission QueenslandQAOQueensland Audit Office’sRPIRegional Planning Interests ActCCAConduct…continue reading →
Fast-tracked assessment of mines in NSW as state expands high-tech metals mining

Fast-tracked assessment of mines in NSW as state expands high-tech metals mining

The last 12 months has seen a marked increase in Exploration Licence Applications in NSW for Group 1 (Metallic Minerals) covering dozens of resources and including gold, copper and lithium. Many of these metals are crucial to the renewable energy revolution that the NSW Government is determined to foster at an export capacity. Whilst bringing revenue and much needed investment and jobs to regional Australia the scale of what is proposed has many communities worried about their water and how it will be impacted. The assessment process for these types of mines is…continue reading →
Repeat offender, Whitehaven Coal, now knocking on Narrabri’s door

Repeat offender, Whitehaven Coal, now knocking on Narrabri’s door

While repeat offender Whitehaven Coal is being prosecuted again in the Land and Environment Court, this time on water theft charges, the company is seeking to benefit from the “Future of Coal” policy announced by Deputy Premier John Barilaro during the Upper Hunter by-election. Last week there were mixed reactions from the public following a $372,500 fine against Whitehaven Coal’s Narrabri Coal Mine in the NSW Land and Environment Court on Friday, 13th August 2021. Whitehaven Coal subsidiaries which operate the mine pleaded guilty to the offences, all of which relate to illegal…continue reading →
Not wanted, and not needed – APA’s Western Slopes pipeline on again

Not wanted, and not needed – APA’s Western Slopes pipeline on again

Feature image: Coonamble community rounded up trespassing gas employees and consultants in November 2017 and sent them packing Santos contractor the APA Group ($APA:ASX) has quietly revived its East Coast gas ambitions after an earlier failed attempt to begin the Western Slopes Pipeline. The company faced united community opposition from Coonamble and surrounds in 2017-2018 as it tried to conduct surveys to inform its Environmental Impact Assessment. Accused of trespass by landowners along the proposed pipeline route and of breaching the Agreed Principles of Land Access Memorandum of Understanding entered into by Santos…continue reading →
Barilaro attempts to push NSW into Queensland-style “co-existence” with gas

Barilaro attempts to push NSW into Queensland-style “co-existence” with gas

While the NSW Government continues to face trenchant opposition to the coal seam gas industry from all quarters of society, close attention should be paid to the regulatory scheme in Queensland which the Government is likely to attempt to adopt. According to sources close to the NSW Nationals Leader and Minister for Resources John Barilaro, at the centre of the proposed scheme is a GasFields Commission style of statutory body coupled with legislation that will remove rural land from the planning system and thus eliminate the requirement for environmental impact assessment of gas…continue reading →
Ten year anniversary of infamous pollution spill at Santos Water Treatment Facility, Pilliga

Ten year anniversary of infamous pollution spill at Santos Water Treatment Facility, Pilliga

June 2021 marks ten years since this pollution event happened in the forest, signifying a decade of community resistance against Santos and its predecessor Eastern Star Gas which Santos bought in 2011. It was 4am on the 25th June, 2011, when a pipe burst, a fail-safe switch failed and a conservatively estimated 10,000 litres of toxic coal seam gas waste went slowly flowing onto the ground in the Pilliga East State Forest. The Pilliga in its entirety is the largest temperate woodland in Eastern Australia and threatened by an 850-well coal seam gas…continue reading →
Come-along and join Pat’s Pilliga Tag-a-long Tour!

Come-along and join Pat’s Pilliga Tag-a-long Tour!

September tour – Friday 17th, Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th 2021 Armidale Branch NPA invites you to join Pat Schultz on a tag-a-long tour of the culturally and ecologically significant & wonderful Pilliga Forest. The proposed program is flexible and depends on numbers attending and weather conditions. Thursday 16th September – If time permits it is most enjoyable to have a day at the Pilliga Hot Bore Baths prior to the tour. Friday 17th September - Arrive at Pilliga village on Friday to camp & relax at Pilliga hot bore baths ($5) or stay…continue reading →
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 →