Saturday, 29 September 2018

GREENS CALL FOR CANCELLATION OF LICENCE FOR SANTOS' NARRABRI COAL SEAM GASFIELD AFTER COMPANY DOWNGRADES PROJECT

Greens Resources spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham introduced a motion in NSW Parliament yesterday calling on the Liberal/National Government to give local farmers and landholders certainty by cancelling the licence for Santos' Narrabri coal seam gas project after the company has again downgraded the importance of the project.

"In late 2016 Santos announced it would spin off the Narrabri gas project into a separate 'stand alone business' and in an investor strategy released this week the controversial project seems to have been downgraded again," Mr Buckingham said.


"This is recognition of the lack of social licence for the project and the global shift in energy markets away from polluting fossil fuels and towards renewable energy.


"The proposal for a massive 850-well gas field is risky business - it's unwanted by the local community, unsafe and unnecessary.


"Narrabri is no place for a mega-gas field. The potential impacts are serious and extensive from threats to groundwater and agriculture and air pollution to fire danger in the sensitive Pilliga State Forest.


"Community opposition is stronger than ever, with a record number of submissions and objections lodged against the project's environmental impact statement earlier this year.

"The Narrabri gas project has already lost its social licence, now it's well past time for the NSW Government to cancel its operation licence.


"The Greens, Labor and a majority of the local community are against the Narrabri gas project, the Nationals risk losing the seat of Barwon if they approve CSG."


Santos investor strategy can be read here: https://www.santos.com/media-centre/announcements/santos-targets-production-of-more-than-100-mmboe-by-2025/


28 September 2018

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