Get Santos out of the Pilliga

Get Santos out of the Pilliga

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Oil and gas giant Santos is gearing up to start a major gas exploration program in the Pilliga State Forest. They have plans to drill at least 18 gas wells, build an enormous 300 million litre wastewater holding pond and bulldoze extensive areas for pipelines and roads. All this is located in the recharge zone of the Great Artesian Basin and the largest inland forest left in NSW.

They intend to conduct all these activities without even doing an Environmental Impact Assessment. They have written to the Federal Government saying their plans will NOT have a significant impact on national ...

Oil and gas giant Santos is gearing up to start a major gas exploration program in the Pilliga State Forest. They have plans to drill at least 18 gas wells, build an enormous 300 million litre wastewater holding pond and bulldoze extensive areas for pipelines and roads. All this is located in the recharge zone of the Great Artesian Basin and the largest inland forest left in NSW.

They intend to conduct all these activities without even doing an Environmental Impact Assessment. They have written to the Federal Government saying their plans will NOT have a significant impact on national environmental matters or on water resources. We know this is just the tip of the iceberg for Santos plans in north-west NSW - once entrenched in the Pilliga they intend to spread out across the entire region. 

We have until just 11th July to set them straight!

This information is provided by the North West Alliance, a coalition of 30 groups       concerned about coal and gas mining in north-west NSW.

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Tell the Federal Government to Protect the Pilliga

The Federal Government is currently considering a decision on whether Santos plans for gas drilling in the Pilliga are likely to have a significant impact on the environment.

They will have to decide very soon on whether the project will require an Environmental Impact Statement and whether it should be referred to the new Independent Expert Scientific Committee on water.

This Federal oversight is absolutely vital to ensure that coal ...

The Federal Government is currently considering a decision on whether Santos plans for gas drilling in the Pilliga are likely to have a significant impact on the environment.

They will have to decide very soon on whether the project will require an Environmental Impact Statement and whether it should be referred to the new Independent Expert Scientific Committee on water.

This Federal oversight is absolutely vital to ensure that coal seam gas is not allowed to run rough shod over the Pilliga, through the recharge zone of the Great Artesian Basin and into surrounding farming areas. 

If the Federal Government doesn't call this development in and require an Environmental Impact Statement, then Santos will be able to go full steam ahead with their exploration plans without any rigorous environmental studies.  It would be an appalling precedent for CSG across the country.

There is a short window for public comment - by the 11th July 2013.  We need to make our voices heard.

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