EIS Expert Reviews

When Santos' Environmental Impact Statement for the Narrabri Gas project was released, the North West Alliance commissioned a series of expert reviews on groundwater, economics, ecology, social impacts, wildlife, Aboriginal cultural heritage, waste and produced water. These reviews are available below.

In addition, People for the Plains made a substantial submission which is available here (PDF).

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Reports on economics, surveys, renewables, impacts for livestock producers

August 2021 - Currell Groundwater Conditions - an assessment of the conditions of consent on the development approval for Narrabri Gas Project regarding groundwater.

February 2022 - Narrabri Gas Project and the Northern NSW Inland Port - Why the three proposals to use Narrabri Gas in the Narrabri Special Activation Precinct will never happen, by Pegasus Economics. Briefer version.

March 2020- Is the Gas Industry Facing its Volkswagen Moment? -Gas Is More Emissions Intensive Than the Gas Industry’s Marketing Arm Suggests, IEEFA Report.

2019- The implications for human health and wellbeing of expanding gas mining in Australia -Onshore Oil and Gas Policy Background Paper by Doctors for the Environment Australia.

October 2019 - Pegasus Economics’ Report on the Narrabri Gas Project reveals Santos’ role in the east coast gas price crisis and shows a high cost gasfield at Narrabri can't bring down gas prices.

October 2018 - Narrabri Doorknock ResultsThe results are in: Narrabri wants renewable energy.

September 2019- Social Acceptance Report proving no social acceptance of the proposed Narrabri Gas Project.

January 2018 - Narrabri Renewables Report reveals that long-term jobs and affordable energy are available to Narrabri from renewable energy. 

September 2017 (Updated in June 2019) - Home Truths About Coal Seam Gas - details why Santos and its partners should abandon the controversial Narrabri Gas Project.

November 2014 - Great Artesian Basin Recharge Systems and Extent of Petroleum and Gas Leases by Soil Futures Consulting Pty Ltd 

July 2014 – Meat & Livestock Australia -Coal Seam Gas Operations on Live Stock Properties reveals the disadvantages of CSG on a land owner’s property

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Fact Sheets

Coal Seam Gas Fact Sheet

What is coal seam gas mining?

Coal seam gas (CSG) mining is an invasive form of unconventional gas mining.  It usually involves tens of thousands of gas wells, with roads, pipelines, compressor stations, wastewater dams, and other infrastructure.  A CSG project can spread across hundreds of thousands of hectares of land.

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Santos Narrabri/Pilliga Coal Seam Gas Project Fact Sheet

The Pilliga Forest, in northwest NSW, is the largest inland forest in eastern Australia. Home to the Gomeroi (Gamilaraay) people, the forest is an important recharge zone for the Great Artesian Basin; it acts as a massive filtration system for water to recharge one of the largest freshwater resources on earth.

In 2011, fossil fuel giant Santos proposed building 850 unconventional coal seam gas well pads and associated infrastructure across a 95,000 hectare site in the Pilliga Forest, the largest project ever proposed in NSW.

In 2017, the NSW Department of the Environment requested feedback on Santos’ Environmental Impact Statement. More than 23,000 individuals and organisations responded, the most of any project in NSW history; 98% of respondents strongly opposed the project. In spite of this outcry, in 2020 the project proceeded to the Independent Planning Commission. Opposition to the project was so strong the IPC had to schedule an unprecedented seven days of hearings; over 400 people spoke before the Commission, with additional written submissions, which generated the largest array of scientific evidence ever submitted against a fossil fuel project in NSW.

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