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Santos submits Narrabri CSG plan amid sale speculation

Santos submits Narrabri CSG plan amid sale speculation

Mike Foley The Land 1 February, 2017

AFTER years of delays, gas developer Santos has finally submitted development plans for its Narrabri project in and around the Pilliga forest to NSW government.

The company says the project will deliver supply security and construction jobs to the State. But opponents claim the company is seeking approval to boost the prospects of the project, given Santos has written down the value of the project by $1 billion.

Santos’ major planning assessment document for the project, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), was lodged with NSW Planning on Wednesday morning. The Department typically reviews EIS documents for several weeks before they are made public and submissions are opened.

 

Santos chief executive Kevin Gallagher was quoted in a statement on the Australian Securities Exchange which said had “spent time producing a comprehensive EIS so the local Narrabri community and stakeholders can be confident the environment and water will be protected as the project is developed”.

The statement said CSG be located on about 1000 hectares in and around the Pilliga forest near Narrabri. About 60 percent of the project area covers land set aside by State government for forestry, the rest on privately held farmland. Santos signed a statement to government and farm groups which committed not force entry on any privately-held land.

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SANTOS REIGNITE COAL SEAM GAS WAR LODGING PLANS FOR NARRABRI PROJECT

SANTOS REIGNITE COAL SEAM GAS WAR LODGING PLANS FOR NARRABRI PROJECT

The Greens NSW Resources and Energy spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham said today that Santos’ lodgement of plans for their Narrabri project would reignite the war over coal seam gas in NSW and called on the called on the new NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, to clarify whether she will support the development of a toxic coal seam gas industry in NSW.

Santos announced today that they have lodged their Environmental Impact Statement for their proposed Narrabri coal seam gas project with NSW Planning as well as a deal with the APA Group to build a new pipeline to connect the project to APA’s existing pipeline between Moomba and Sydney.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Santos lodges Narrabri Gas Project EIS to trigger NSW’s final CSG showdown

Santos lodges Narrabri Gas Project EIS to trigger NSW’s final CSG showdown

Santos today submitted the State Significant Development Application and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its Narrabri Gas Project to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

The proposed Narrabri Gas Project, located in North West NSW, could supply up to 50% of NSW gas needs and provide significant benefits to the region and the state more broadly.  Santos will make the gas available to NSW and the east coast domestic market via a pipeline linking into the existing Moomba to Sydney Pipeline. The pipeline will be constructed by APA Group and will be subject to a separate approval. 
Wednesday, 1 February 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1027)/Comments (0)/
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Bell Oil & Gas Consulting Pty Ltd

Bell Oil & Gas Consulting Pty Ltd

Mining

Bell Oil & Gas Consulting Pty Ltd
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Narrabri landowners' appeal of Santos water treatment facility begins in NSW

Narrabri landowners' appeal of Santos water treatment facility begins in NSW

By Natasha Robinson Posted yesterday at 2:23pm ABC News

Landowners from Narrabri on the state's north west slopes are asking the NSW Court of Appeal to overturn a decision that gives the green light to a controversial water treatment facility. 

Gas giant Santos has been given approval to operate the facility, which would treat wastewater and brine from coal seam gas exploration activities near the Pilliga State Forest.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Anger over miner’s attempt to change transport

Anger over miner’s attempt to change transport

Jamieson Murphy July 7, 2016 Northern Daily Leader

WHITEHAVEN Coal is attempting to water down the approval conditions at the Maules Creek mine rather than fulfil them, concerned residents say.

The company must transport 90 per cent of the mine’s workforce to and from the facility via shuttle bus – in April last year it was fined $3000 for failing to do so.

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Whitehaven's Paul Flynn responds to concerns from Maules Creek farmers

Whitehaven's Paul Flynn responds to concerns from Maules Creek farmers

Whitehaven says it is not necessary to apply a new condition to its Maules Creek mine preventing blasting when the winds blows in a north westerly direction.
Two local farming families have asked the mine to stop using the explosives when the wind blows across their properties.
The Environment Protection Authority is conducting audits of noise, air and blasting operations on the site.
The company's CEO, Paul Flynn says while the mine agreed to a similar condition at its Werris Creek mine, the situation is different at Maules Creek and is not needed.
He is speaking to Kelly Fuller on ABC New England North West after the ABC Australian Story on the situation:
Wednesday, 29 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Permission sought to modify original consent

Permission sought to modify original consent

Kate Ramien June 27, 2016, Namoi Valley Indpendent

WHITEHAVEN Coal is seeking a change in its original development approval that would allow more private vehicles to access the Maules Creek mine site.  

The coal company’s original condition of approval required it to transport 90 per cent of its mine workforce to and from the site using a shuttle bus, however due to the high percentage of employees now living locally, bus services have become less convenient.
Tuesday, 28 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Maules Creek farmer left in lurch by NSW Government's mine deal

Maules Creek farmer left in lurch by NSW Government's mine deal

Australian Story By Jennifer Feller

Life changed dramatically for the Murphy family when exploration for an open-cut coal mine began right next door to their property at Maules Creek, NSW.

Now that the mine is operating, Pat Murphy claims that he and his family are being affected by noise, dust and blast fumes. He says he wants to move, but that State government regulations have left him in limbo.

Monday, 27 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Australian Story - Maules Creek  Monday 8pm ABCTV

Australian Story - Maules Creek Monday 8pm ABCTV

ABC New England North West ‪#‎agforceoz‬ Liverpool Plains Youth

Farmer Pat Murphy and his family moved to their 'dream property' at Maules Creek in New South Wales seven years ago.
They were optimistic about the future, with plans to sub-divide their farm, run sheep and grow crops including barley and wheat.
The location was close to towns and a school for their young children.
But life changed dramatically for the Murphy family when exploration for an open-cut coal mine began right next door, just a year after they'd arrived in the area.
Now that the mine is operating, Pat Murphy claims that he and his family are being affected by noise, dust and blast fumes.
He says he wants to move, but that state government regulations have left him in limbo.
Monday, 27 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Coal Seam Gas protest on the road around the country | Photos

Coal Seam Gas protest on the road around the country | Photos

Lynn Pinkerton June 25, 2016 The Border Mail

Thousands of cars lined the roads across the country on Saturday as part of the Lock the Gate Coal Seam Gas protest. 

Started by the Coonabarabran community last year, the peaceful roadside protest went national in just its second year running, the week before the federal election. 

Following the success of last year coordinators had planned to hold the protest on July 2, however when the election was called they changed the date.

Saturday, 25 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Santos v People: court case date

Santos v People: court case date

By Jamieson Murphy Feb. 8, 2016, 9:30 p.m. The Northern Daily Leader

A DATE has been set for Santos and People for the Plains to battle it out in court.

The two-day court case will by heard by the NSW Land and Environment Court on April 6 and April 8.

The local anti-coal seam gas (CSG) group will argue the approval for the gas company’s Leewood facility in the Pilliga forest is illegal.

Under NSW planning laws, CSG explorations works don’t need development consent.

Monday, 8 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Protesters continue to block NSW CSG site

Protesters continue to block NSW CSG site

9 News 3 February 2016

Protesters opposing a coal seam gas wastewater plant in northern NSW aren't giving up their cause any time soon.

Around 30 anti-CSG demonstrators blocked access on Wednesday morning to the Santos Leewood Water treatment plant in the Pilliga forest south of Narrabri, which will support 850 CSG wells above the Great Artesian Basin.

Sixth-generation farmer Neil Kennedy from Coonamble has chained himself by the neck to the site's front gate, despite heavy rain turning the ground to mud.

"We're going to keep on protesting and doing what we can, fighting this thing," Mr Kennedy told AAP from a mobile phone.

The 73-year-old admitted he was "getting a bit old for this", but he doesn't want to see the land destroyed for future generations.

"I've got 13 grandchildren, and they're good little blokes and I'd like to think they've got a future out here," he said.


Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/02/03/13/05/protesters-continue-to-block-nsw-csg-site#J3zK3rJ5EerCduql.99
Wednesday, 3 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Police cop a spray over ‘heavy’ duty handling

Police cop a spray over ‘heavy’ duty handling

Feb. 2, 2016, 8 p.m. Northern Daily Leader

POLICE have refused to comment on claims pepper spray was used to subdue a protester on Monday during a lock on at Santos’ Leewood facility in the Pilliga forest.


Two South Australian women, Kerri Tonkin and Cyd Fenwick, locked themselves to an excavator at 9am as part of a peaceful protest.

According to the group, police arrived at 9.40am, removed all other protesters and requested the women remove themselves.

A spokesperson for the protesters told The Leader one of the officers allegedly pepper sprayed Ms Tonkin at close range.

The group then claims Ms Tonkin was lifted and thrown over the arm of the excavator while her arm was still locked on.

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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We’re not alone claim: anti-csg stance

We’re not alone claim: anti-csg stance

Feb. 2, 2016, 8:30 p.m. Northern Daily Leader

ANTI-coal seam gas groups have hit back at claims the majority of people in the Narrabri Shire support Santos’ operations.

The Narrabri Chamber of Commerce told The Leader on Monday the “vast majority” of the shire was pro-Santos.

However, Lock The Gate and People For The Plains said their research showed the opposite.

People For The Plains spokeswoman Sarah Ciesiolka said they had conducted door-to-door community surveys.

Of those asked, 96 per cent of people were opposed to coal seam gas (CSG).

“The surveys have conclusively demonstrated Santos has no social licence to operate here,” Ms Ciesiolka said.

“Despite what Santos,  Yes2Gas and the Narrabri Chamber of Commerce would like people to believe, there is wide-scale community rejection of the CSG industry in North West NSW, and Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project in particular.”

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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How to lose $425m in three months: bet on Santos

How to lose $425m in three months: bet on Santos

Simon Evans SMH

Ouch. Chinese private equity fund Hony Capital is down $425 million on its investment in ailing Santos.

The oil price has plunged a further 40 per cent since Hony came to the rescue in early November 2015, as part of the temporary fix to the Santos balance sheet, which also included a rights issue, a cut in dividends, and big cost reductions.

Hony, through its quaintly named investment vehicles United Faith Ventures and Robust Nation, holds 9.81 per cent of Santos.

It will soon find itself free of restrictions three months from November 9, 2015 prevented it moving 9.9 per cent under the original agreement to become a cornerstone shareholder.



Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/how-to-lose-425m-in-three-months-bet-on-santos-20160127-gmev9l.html#ixzz3yt3AXB4o 
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Monday, 1 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Australian coal seam gas protest

Australian coal seam gas protest

BBC News report on the Pilliga

28 January 2016 Last updated at 02:44 GMT

It's a natural gas that supporters say could power another resources boom in Australia.

Coal seam gas is found in coal deposits and it has supplied 90% of domestic gas in the state of Queensland for the past two decades.

But activists want to stop exploration in neighbouring New South Wales because they say it is an environmental catastrophe.

The BBC's Phil Mercer went to a huge protest near the farming town of Narrabri.


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Monday, 1 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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KNITTING NANNAS READY FOR FIGHT FURTHER SOUTH

KNITTING NANNAS READY FOR FIGHT FURTHER SOUTH

Sam Burbury reporting for NBN News

After ridding the Northern Rivers of coal seam gas mining, protestors have shifted focus.

They’ve now set their sights on Santos’ Pilliga CSG operations, while also lending a hand to campaigners overseas.

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Narrabri ‘is sick of CSG protesters’

Narrabri ‘is sick of CSG protesters’

Jamieson Murphy Feb. 1, 2016, 10 p.m Northern Daily Leader

NARRABRI is sick of out-of-town coal seam gas protesters speaking on behalf of their community, according to the local chamber of commerce.

Chamber president Russell Stewart said the “vast majority” of Narrabri Shire was pro-Santos – and they’re sick to death of fly-in, fly-out protesters purporting to represent local interests.

“We are sick and tired of people travelling in, annoying us, getting on the television and telling the world what we think,” Mr Stewart said.

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Monday, 1 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Central Coast man charged in Pilliga forest coal seam gas protest

Central Coast man charged in Pilliga forest coal seam gas protest

By JOANNE MCCARTHY Newcastle Herald

A CENTRAL Coast man was arrested in the Pilliga forest outside Narrabri on Thursday as protesters ramp up a campaign against Santos plans for 850 coal seam gas wells in the forest.

Carpenter Jason Joll, of Calga, was charged with trespass after walking inside Santos’ Leewood coal seam gas wastewater treatment facility construction area.

He joined the protest to draw attention to Santos’ broader plan for 850 wells in the Pilliga. The Leewood facility is designed to treat up to one million litres of coal seam gas wastewater each day from exploratory works in the forest, and is under construction without development consent.

Mr Joll, 49, was shocked at the size of the project which protesters say threatens the Great Artesian Basin.

Friday, 22 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Arrests continue as protesters stand ground

Arrests continue as protesters stand ground

Daily Liberal

Protestors continue to be arrested at Santos' Leewood wastewater treatment facility in the Pilliga Forest, with two more charged on Thursday morning, taking the total to seven in the past three weeks.

Gabrielle Laver, a 44-year-old from Tabulum, was arrested and charged with disobeying directives and obstruction for delaying a convoy of trucks entering the Leewood site.

The organisation Pilliga Action Camp claimed the protest was peaceful and police dragged Gabrielle from the road to allow the convoy to proceed.

Forty-nine-year-old Central Coast man Jason Jol was arrested and charged with trespassing on the inside of the facility where he ventured to halt to work on site.

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Friday, 22 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Mike Baird changes tack on coal as NSW starts to prepare for industry's decline

Peter Hannam - Sydney Morning Herald

The government has met with a series of anti-mining activists amid slumping industry fortunes, apparently making good on a pledge to give more equal weight to environmental and social issues when considering mine approvals.

The conciliatory approach with activists comes at a crucial time for the coal mining industry, with Premier Mike Baird's government considering approvals to mine 1.2 billion tonnes, after approving 1.8 billion tonnes of new coal mining since he became premier.



Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/mike-baird-changes-tack-on-coal-as-nsw-starts-to-prepare-for-industrys-decline-20160119-gm9ll4.html#ixzz3xwwGrNS1 
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Friday, 22 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Santos write-downs flagged amid oil price plunge - From ABC News

Santos write-downs flagged amid oil price plunge - From ABC News

Struggling oil and gas producer Santos has warned investors

Struggling oil and gas producer Santos has warned investors that it will take asset value write-downs, but has not put an estimate on how big they will be.

The Adelaide-based energy company has seen its share price fall 72 per cent from a recent peak of $9.10 in May, to yesterday's close of just $2.56, leaving the company hovering around its lowest share price since the early 1990s.

In its fourth-quarter production report Santos reiterated comments in a November 9 investor presentation that it expected to book reductions to asset carrying values and reserves in its full-year accounts, to be released on February 19.

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Friday, 22 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Defending the Pilliga in Court

Defending the Pilliga in Court

By EDO NSW CEO/Principal Solicitor Sue Higginson

You may have heard that our client People for the Plains, a community group from the Pilliga, is taking CSG company Santos to court over its Leewood CSG waste water development near the iconic Pilliga woodlands. The group argues that without a proper environmental assessment and public consultation, the development is illegal.

The Pilliga – a biodiversity hotspot
The Pilliga is the largest remaining unfragmented block of temperate dry forest and woodland in eastern Australia. It functions as a key refuge for native plants and animals in a landscape largely cleared for agriculture. It is part of a National Biodiversity Hotspot, home to rare species such as the Pilliga Mouse, and is recognised as a globally significant Important Bird Area.[1]

The Pilliga is an important, biodiverse ecosystem. It is also a significant recharge area for the Great Artesian Basin, one of the largest underground water reservoirs in the world and the most important ground water resource in arid and semi-arid eastern Australia.

Within this stunning environment, the Leewood Water Treatment Plant will process over 1 million litres of coal seam gas (CSG) waste water every day. Santos then plans to use the water to irrigate crops on farmland next to the Pilliga forest.

CSG in the Pilliga – spills, leaks and breaches

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Friday, 22 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Knitting Nannas charged in NSW coal-seam gas protest

Knitting Nannas charged in NSW coal-seam gas protest

The Guardian

Three women from the “Knitting Nannas” anti-coal seam gas group have been charged after chaining themselves by the neck to a wastewater plant gate in northern New South Wales.

The women locked themselves on to the gates of the Santos Leewood Water treatment plant south of Narrabri on Monday morning. The treatment plant will support 850 CSG wells above the Great Artesian Basin.

Up to 60 anti-CSG demonstrators joined the women onsite at 7am.

Monday, 18 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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