Today we received the bad news that the Narrabri Gas Project was granted approval by the Independent Planning Commission. It was almost inconceivable that this could happen after the compelling arguments against the project made at the hearing and in submissions. Over 10,000 submissions were received and the vast majority opposed the project. Yet approval was given and at a time of climate and extinction crisis. The government got its way when evidence overwhelmingly signalled that this project definitely should not proceed.
Given the huge opposition to the project and in the knowledge that Narrabri would be first cab off the rank in the federal government's gas-led recovery, this will not be the end of the issue. Opposition in future will take different forms. Georgina Woods of Lock the Gate discusses the outcome and current and future ways in which we can oppose this disastrous project.
Information from Georgina Woods from Lock the Gate
The Independent Planning Commission has today granted conditional development approval to Santos' Narrabri coal seam gas project in the Pilliga forest.
This is a devastating blow to people all over the North West and across NSW. Science, law, overwhelming public objection and severe environmental risks were not sufficient reasons for the Commission to stand with the community and our future generations and stop this gasfield.
We were up against it. There's been huge political pressure in the last month in favour of gas. Powerful vested interests have the ear of the Government.
But we've all been fighting coal seam gas in north west NSW since before this Government came to power. We're not giving up now.
Today, we invite you to share your feelings of betrayal, anger and outrage at this terrible decision...
- Call the Premier and Ministers now and tell them how you feel.
- Post on social media and share our post here.
- Donate to the Narrabri Fightback Fund to support communities as they take on Santos
- in the courts and the boardrooms and along the pipeline route*
- Write a short letter to the Sydney Morning Herald and the local paper.
TAKE ACTION NOW
Let's make sure the political and corporate elites responsible for this decision see our unwavering opposition to this project.
The work together to stop this gasfield continues.
Approval from the State Government is only one thing Santos needs to proceed. They now have 134 conditions to meet.
They also need funding from banks and investors. They need a decision by their board to proceed. They need a pipeline to take their gas to market. They need insurance.
Your valiant efforts delayed this gasfield by many years. Together, we can still take action to stop it.
Stopping financial investment in this gasfield starts today with our backlash. Make sure they see how strongly the community rejects this decision and our determination to stop this damaging project from destroying the Pilliga forest and threatening the groundwater of north west NSW.
Thank you for all the work you've done already. It will now be crucial to our shared campaign to stop Santos ever securing funding for this gasfield.
Climate Change Protest Action
Stop CSG Blue Mountains members took part in the "Fund Our Future, Not Gas” action at Katoomba. The action was part of a nation-wide protest organised by School Strike 4 Climate on 25th September to oppose the Government's promotion of a gas-led recovery from Covid-19.