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Protect the Pilliga Forest and the Great Artesian Basin
 
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Santos’ plans to build gasfields across the Gunnedah Basin of North West NSW are being met with fierce community opposition. Their Narrabri Gas Project is Santos’ plan to drill 850 coal seam gas wells through the Pilliga forest, the largest inland forest left in Eastern Australia. Santos’ risky quest for coal seam gas in the Pilliga so far has met disastrous results – with over 20 pollution scares, including groundwater contamination, waste spills, and continuing leaks from evaporation ponds. The Billarrga is one of very few significant recharge zones for the entire Great Artesian Basin (GAB), which extends over 22% of Australia and maintains base flows to countless wetlands, streams and rivers. This land is an incredibly sacred water sink, where the water cycle enters the largest underground water reservoir in the world, as well as contributes significantly to the head of pressure that helps drive the underground water flows. This head of pressure created beneath the Billarrga enables the release of water back to the surface in more arid zones in Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and NSW, through natural springs and bores. This process also helps hydrate the Murray Darling Basin and contributes significantly to the base flows of the Darling River. Coal seams act as landscape filters, and the extreme water pressures deep below the ground have locked in hundreds of millions of years of accumulated salts and toxins, including volatile organic compounds, heavy metals and radioactive particles. To release the gas from the coal seams Santos need to de-water and de-pressurise them, the process plans to remove 46 Gigalitres of water from our underground reserves. The decrease in water pressure within the coal seams will impact significantly on the head of pressure driving the GAB, as well as release the salts and toxins. In short, this campaign is about saving Australia’s future water security, food security and economic prosperity. ‘Water Is Life’, and once we destroy the water, there is no longer an economy, community or ecology. #PilligaPush
Views: 426 Pilliga Push Video
The Santos Narrabri Gas Project won’t have a detrimental impact on water
 
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Respected water expert Dr Richard Cresswell has reiterated that Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project will not have a negative impact water resources, including the Great Artesian Basin. Dr Cresswell, who is a former CSIRO Hydrogeologist and sits on the Federal Government’s expert advisory committee on large coal seam gas projects, told the NSW Farmers conference in Sydney that the coal seam gas Santos will target is found in a formation called the Gunnedah Basin, which lies well beneath the Great Artesian Basin, and there is no linkage between the two basins. "There's a thick layer of tight, impermeable rock...that limits the amount of water that permeates between the Gunnedah Basin and the GAB," he said. "We found no evidence of leakage between the Gunnedah Basin and the overlying Pilliga sandstone which is the main aquifer of the GAB in this area. “In fact recent studies looking at this, in particular work done by the CSIRO and Geoscience Australia have confirmed, that specifically in the area of the Narrabri Gas Project, it is actually one of the tightest areas across the whole basin in terms of whether or not leakages can happen between the basins on a natural instance.” Dr Cresswell also reiterated that Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project will not have an impact on the major recharge areas of the GAB. “This site is most fortuitous….it turns out to be one of the best sites in terms of low recharge to the region.” The major recharge areas for the GAB in this area is in the Warrumbungles and where the Namoi River crosses the GAB. Both of these are well away from our project area. While extracting the natural gas is very important for NSW future energy needs, it is equally important to protect our water resources and Santos is 100% committed to doing this.
Views: 237 SantosLtd
Chris Hartcher speaks out on the dangers of coal seam gas exploration 3 May 2005
 
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Chris Hartcher on Coal Seam Gas Exploration on the Central Coast - speech to NSW Parliament - 3 May 2005
Views: 660 Jeremy Buckingham
World Water Day at leewood waste water facility
 
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The NSW government might like to portray environmental activists as Eco Fascists, but the truth is very different. Kim Revell, a 51 year old cotton farmer from Narrabri held up works at Santos' new Leewood water treatment facility in the Pilliga for 7 hrs, Santos' were too concerned about the negative publicity involved with her being arrested for protecting her country. The truth is though that many farmers and communities are threatened by Coal Seam Gas mining activities, Santos' haphazard approach to the extraction process and loss of water access or contamination of produce. And under the new laws being pushed through by the Baird government many farmers may find themselves facing massive fines or jail terms for protecting their own properties. Do these look like Eco Fascists to you? Santos’ plans to build gasfields across the Gunnedah Basin of North West NSW are being met with fierce community opposition. Their Narrabri Gas Project is Santos’ plan to drill 850 coal seam gas wells through the Pilliga forest, the largest inland forest left in Eastern Australia. Santos’ risky quest for coal seam gas in the Pilliga so far has met disastrous results – with over 20 pollution scares, including groundwater contamination, waste spills, and continuing leaks from evaporation ponds.
Views: 222 Pilliga Push Video
Evidence given against the CSG industry at the Bender inquiry
 
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Here is a few highlights form the evidence given at the Bender inquiry into the CSG industry around Narrabri. Glenn Lazarus has pushed for the creation of this inquiry to gather non industry driven evidence so that there can be an independent assessment on the impact of CSG industries on communities. The Inquiry has been called the 'Bender Inquiry' after George Bender, a Queensland Cotton Farmer who committed suicide after a 10 year battle with the industry. George Bender's daughter has told politicians that they are not listening to the plight of farmers faced with CSG industry and that farmers need to have the right to say no. She has told that her father's last words to her was that 'no one was listening'. We have only included the evidence against, but evidence was given in support of the industry by Kevin Humphries (National member for Barwon) and Russell Stewart (Narrabri chamber of commerce). Santos’ plans to build gasfields across the Gunnedah Basin of North West NSW are being met with fierce community opposition. Their Narrabri Gas Project is Santos’ plan to drill 850 coal seam gas wells through the Pilliga forest, the largest inland forest left in Eastern Australia. Santos’ risky quest for coal seam gas in the Pilliga so far has met disastrous results – with over 20 pollution scares, including groundwater contamination, waste spills, and continuing leaks from evaporation ponds.
Views: 171 Pilliga Push Video
Liverpool Plains, No Coal, No Gas
 
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A quick look at the area the BHP coal mine is going.
Views: 54 stunva
Gunnedah Interview 1
 
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Views: 67 Totalrugbynz
2006 Newcastle Variety Bash
 
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A video of the 2006 Newcastle Variety Bash. The Bash & visited the towns of Rylestone,Orange,Crookwall,Queenbeyan, Wee Jasper ,Tumit,Quandialla,Parkes,Mendooran,Gunnedah,Woolbrook & Scone You can sponsor a Newcastle Variety Bash car by going to www.car525.webs.com
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Utter Madness: How the gov't wants to destroy best farm land in Aust.
 
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The NSW goverment wants to destroy some of the most productive farming land in Australia by allowing mining companies to drill for coal seam gas there. The Liverpool Plains have average crop yeilds 40% BETTER than the national average. It's as close to drought proof as you can get in Australia. Some farmers on the plains say that they haven't had a crop failure in three generations. How rare is that in drought ravaged Australia? By allowing coal seam gas mining on the Liverpool Plains, the government is basically putting a stop to broad acre farming. The gas wells would be a close as 300m apart with roads and other infastructure going to each well. Coal seam gas mining also produces millions of litres of waste salty water which would be poisonous to any living thing. The ming companies won't say how they will dispose of this water. The gas would only last a few decades, farming can last forever. It's yet another example of the NSW goverments total incompetance. Another example that a quick buck is king to them, regardless of the damage it will do. THIS MADNESS CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO GO AHEAD!! Please write to the NSW premier at: [email protected] AND the opposition leader at: [email protected] and voice your disapproval. Public campaigns can work, but the pollies need to hear from YOU!
Views: 9110 liverpoolplains
Dr Nikki Williams, CEO NSW Minerals Council, on the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue
 
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Dr Nikki Williams, CEO of the NSW Minerals Council, reports on the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue. The industry has now released the 'Report on the Stakeholder Survey' from the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR), which was commissioned by the NSW Minerals Council to undertake research as part of the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue. The industry established the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue to get a better understanding of the collective impacts of the region's mines and to start a conversation with the community about developing solutions to some of the challenges.
Views: 333 NSW Mining
Santos Committed to Protecting Water Resources
 
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Santos has installed an extensive groundwater monitoring network to provide additional confidence that the Narrabri Gas Project will not impact water resources used by farmers and the community. Hear from staff and a local resident in this short video. Glenn Toogood Across Australia, the Great Artesian Basin in a porous sandstone which is recharged naturally through rainfall. Anthony Brennan In terms of the water, where we are here, it’s been tested and to date we haven’t seen any chance in the water. We have a pipeline running through the place. To date I haven’t seen any impact on our water on farm. Our farm here where we live we are actually next door to the farm where they built the ponds on. I have seen the structures, they are very impressive. To be quite honest, any farmer worth his salt would be quite happy to have those dams on his farm. Peter Mitchley The Great Artesian Basin here recharges through rainfall and through the Namoi River running through the sands and dumping a lot of water into the sands. We know that that water stays above the zones that we are seeking to take coal seam gas from. Richard Creswell The Narrabri Gas Project is targeting waters underneath the GAB, they are not Great Artesian Basin Waters, they are from the Gunnedah Basin and it’s isolated from the GAB by some very fine grain sediments which do not allow water to go up or down through those basins. Peter Mitchley So we drill through the sandstones down into the coals and that’s where we take our water from. So it’s not connected in any way to the shallower zones where farmers and agricultural users are taking water from. Richard Cresswell So even in drought conditions a farmer’s water would not be impacted by any of the drilling that goes through the Great Artesian Basin to get to the Coal Seam Gas. Glenn Toogood We test our ground water pressures every 30 minutes right across our monitoring network. We do this because we not only believe its good science, but it’s the right thing to do. Peter Mitchley Conservation takes money. This project will generate money and allow us to put money into things like feral controls and weed control. The Pilliga will be a better place and Narrabri town will be a better place at the end of this project than when we started. So what’s the legacy? It’s to leave a better place than when we found it.
Views: 459 SantosLtd
GSNSW Surat Basement 20150831
 
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3D Geological volume model of the Surat and Gunnedah basins overlying the Lachlan Orogen. The modelling aimed to constrain the thickness of cover overlying the Lachlan Orogen.
Views: 50 Jamie Robinson
Shannon Noll in Gunnedah
 
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Views: 80 Marie Low
#4 SAVE THE LIVERPOOL PLAINS - The Gomeroi Perspective
 
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Deslie Matthews is a Gomeroi woman based in Breeza, NSW. The Liverpool Plains needs your help and there isn't much time left! http://pozi.be/savetheliverpoolplains In January 2015, the NSW State Government gave approval to Shenhua, a Chinese government owned entity, to mine in the heart of the Liverpool Plains. The Liverpool Plains is in northwest NSW and is known as one of the agricultural wonderlands of the world. It is famous for its rich black moisture retaining soils and mild climate – all essential for the production of food and fibre. It has vast dry land agricultural properties and a very intensive irrigation industry. The irrigation industry is heavily regulated and monitored enabling sustainable use of the vast aquifers under the plains. These aquifers are part of the Namoi Catchment which holds the largest body of water in the Murray Darling Basin. When combined both dryland and irrigated farms on the Liverpool Plains produce 40% above the National Average for agriculture. The Liverpool Plains are seen as the most drought resistant and reliable food producing region in NSW and is considered an agricultural farming Wonderland equivalent to the Nile Delta and the Ukraine. Throughout the plains are small ridges, essential for providing run-off and extra water to the plains. These ridges not only host a wide range of biodiversity, but also NSW’s most significant Koala population and aboriginal sites critical to our Aboriginal People. The Shenhua mine will effectively truncate the Koala corridor to the east coast. Sadly in uncertain times of climate change, the Koalas need this corridor to escape summer heat and dryness. The vegetation located where the proposed mine is located, is considered ideal for the Koalas and any offsets offered by Shenhua are an inferior quality. The fate of the Koalas has been described as genocide. There are many significant aboriginal sites located throughout the project but our Gomeroi people believe that the Shenhua mine project has not been sufficiently surveyed. Among the many examples of Aboriginal heritage are sharpening grooves which are critical to Aboriginal people’s spirituality and sense of belonging and country. Shenhua has offered to relocate these stones but being large and made of sandstone it is believed that removal will inadvertently crack these stones. The significant meaning of these stones will be lost on relocation. This is important not just to the Gomeroi people but to all Australians. This community has fought to defend the Liverpool Plains since 2006. We have asked for the science to be proven that our aquifers will not be destroyed. We have blockaded for over 600 days to achieve an independent catchment wide water study. We have won court cases in the Supreme Court and held the first blockade for 32 days against CSG. Our fight to protect the Liverpool Plains has been long and sustained. Surely in this era of global warming, this mine, proven to be uneconomical and not in the public interest, is just one mine too many? Funds are needed urgently to raise awareness of this situation and continue our fight. Can you help us fight for the Liverpool Plains? http://pozi.be/savetheliverpoolplains #wrongminewrongplace #ShenhuaWatermark #liverpoolplains Video shot and edited by Ross Waldron (www.rosswaldron.com)
Crop Walk, Breeza Plain 1/10/14
 
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A quick look across the Breeza plain south of Gunnedah, NSW
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#3 SAVE THE LIVERPOOL PLAINS: The Facts
 
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The Liverpool Plains needs your help and there isn't much time left! http://pozi.be/savetheliverpoolplains In January 2015, the NSW State Government gave approval to Shenhua, a Chinese government owned entity, to mine in the heart of the Liverpool Plains. The Liverpool Plains is in northwest NSW and is known as one of the agricultural wonderlands of the world. It is famous for its rich black moisture retaining soils and mild climate – all essential for the production of food and fibre. It has vast dry land agricultural properties and a very intensive irrigation industry. The irrigation industry is heavily regulated and monitored enabling sustainable use of the vast aquifers under the plains. These aquifers are part of the Namoi Catchment which holds the largest body of water in the Murray Darling Basin. When combined both dryland and irrigated farms on the Liverpool Plains produce 40% above the National Average for agriculture. The Liverpool Plains are seen as the most drought resistant and reliable food producing region in NSW and is considered an agricultural farming Wonderland equivalent to the Nile Delta and the Ukraine. Throughout the plains are small ridges, essential for providing run-off and extra water to the plains. These ridges not only host a wide range of biodiversity, but also NSW’s most significant Koala population and aboriginal sites critical to our Aboriginal People. The Shenhua mine will effectively truncate the Koala corridor to the east coast. Sadly in uncertain times of climate change, the Koalas need this corridor to escape summer heat and dryness. The vegetation located where the proposed mine is located, is considered ideal for the Koalas and any offsets offered by Shenhua are an inferior quality. The fate of the Koalas has been described as genocide. There are many significant aboriginal sites located throughout the project but our Gomeroi people believe that the Shenhua mine project has not been sufficiently surveyed. Among the many examples of Aboriginal heritage are sharpening grooves which are critical to Aboriginal people’s spirituality and sense of belonging and country. Shenhua has offered to relocate these stones but being large and made of sandstone it is believed that removal will inadvertently crack these stones. The significant meaning of these stones will be lost on relocation. This is important not just to the Gomeroi people but to all Australians. This community has fought to defend the Liverpool Plains since 2006. We have asked for the science to be proven that our aquifers will not be destroyed. We have blockaded for over 600 days to achieve an independent catchment wide water study. We have won court cases in the Supreme Court and held the first blockade for 32 days against CSG. Our fight to protect the Liverpool Plains has been long and sustained. Surely in this era of global warming, this mine, proven to be uneconomical and not in the public interest, is just one mine too many? Funds are needed urgently to raise awareness of this situation and continue our fight. Can you help us fight for the Liverpool Plains? http://pozi.be/savetheliverpoolplains #wrongminewrongplace #ShenhuaWatermark #liverpoolplains Video shot and edited by Ross Waldron (www.rosswaldron.com)
EnergyAsia Interview: IBC Informa Asia (2)
 
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With oil, gas and coal prices at record levels,conference organiser Informa IBC Asia is looking at a busy year ahead. Rebecca Wolfe,who looks after the energy and mining industries, and Fred Adel, who leads the financial team, are planning conferences with lots of opportunities for networking and idea sharing among oil, gas, mining and financial professionals.
Views: 348 EnergyContents
Rally at "The role of Gas in Australia’s Energy Future"
 
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3 August 2017. A protest targeted a luncheon titled, “The role of Gas in Australia’s Energy Future” which featured the speakers, Kevin Gallagher, CEO of Santos, and Mick McCormack, the CEO of APA Group (the company planning to build the Pilliga gas pipeline) as well as the NSW Chief Scientist, Professor Mary O’Kane. Farmers, Gamilaraay Traditional Owners, and renewable energy advocates told these CEOs to frack off from Gamilaraay Country, from our forests, farmland and precious Great Artesian Basin! http://www.csgfreenorthwest.org.au/

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