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Santos approval for Narrabri coal-seam gas project in NSW
Kate Schwager

Santos approval for Narrabri coal-seam gas project in NSW

Press Release from Roy Butler Member for Barwon

Member for Barwon Roy Butler has expressed his disappointment and concerns over Santos gaining conditional approval for its controversial Narrabri coal-seam gas project in NSW.

“I’d rather that the project was not approved,” said Mr. Butler.

“This project presents so many risks from a groundwater contamination perspective. Most communities rely on groundwater during drought. We have alternatives to create energy, but we don’t have alternatives for water.

"Although the preference is not to interfere with groundwater at all, I do however take some heart that the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) has listened to our concerns around groundwater and have introduced additional tests in this respect.

“The project does not have a ‘green light’, it’s still a flashing ‘amber’ as it must meet the 134 conditions. I’m hopeful that the Planning Department’s Water Expert Panel (WEP) set up by the IPC finds out that the project cannot go on due to groundwater contamination risks.

“The Shooters Fishers and Farmers (SFF) Party has opposed the project. That was the position I took to the 2019 election.

“Narrabri was always going to be expensive gas. Compliance with the 134 conditions will likely make it dearer”.

We will seek to fully understand the 134 conditions and their implications. If the project proceeds, we will ensure Santos is held fully accountable for compliance.


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