Santos lodged a last minute submission to the Independent Planning Commission taking community members by surprise and forcing them back to their desks to scramble to respond in the one week allotted. This late maneuver has been called out as everything from desperation to characteristic disregard.
Santos stated in their new submission, Executive Summary: Santos has relied upon the best available science, expert research and opinion in our application to develop the Narrabri Gas Project so that the community can be confident it will not harm people, water resources or the environment.
Confidence is not a guarantee.
On an episode of SBS Insight, called Power Divide on the 29th May, 2018, farmer, business owner and mother of 5, Rowena Macrae from Coonamble asked Santos Vice President of Onshore Upstream Projects, David Banks, on an assurance and guarantee of safety should their family and property be affected by Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project. David Banks responded and we quote, “I can’t sit here and guarantee anything. There are NO guarantees.”