Miles Godfrey, The Daily Telegraph February 22, 2017 12:00am
THE state’s CSG wars have exploded back to life as Santos prepares to extract gas in northern NSW despite opposition from farmers who say the issue may give One Nation a foothold.
Santos has lodged plans to drill up to 850 coal seam gas wells across about 1000ha of Pilliga State Forest, south of Narrabri — unlocking half of NSW’s gas needs over the next 20 years and generating $1.2 billion in royalties for the state government. It could also create hundreds of jobs for regional and rural NSW.
“Natural gas has a vital role to play in delivering energy security, while having the additional benefit of being 50 per cent cleaner than coal, resulting in a significant reduction in carbon emissions,” Santos said.