Deborah Haggitt : Stop coal seam gas threats to the Pilliga Forest It's happened. After years of insisting coal seam gas mining poses no threat to our water supply, a Santos CSG project has poisoned an aquifer in north-western New South Wales.
This is the first time an aquifer has been proven to be contaminated by coal seam gas mining in Australia.
Now, it's filled with uranium at 20 times the safe drinking water levels, and has elevated levels of arsenic, lead, aluminium, nickel, barium and boron. And the penalty handed down to Santos? A paltry $1500 fine. Unbelievably, two days after the fine was issued, the NSW State Government signed an agreement with Santos to fast-track their coal seam gas development in the Pilliga Forest.
It's clear. Our governments won't stand up against dangerous projects that threaten our land, our water and our communities. Looks like it's up to the rest of us.
Click here to sign the petition to demand Santos CEO David Knox stop the CSG developments in our beautiful Pilliga Forest immediately.
Cazna Fitz-gibbon : Stop coal seam gas threats to the Pilliga Forest If the forest goes..so do the creatures...please sign. These CSG mining techniques will destroy the earth....the pipes do not hold and the chemicals seep into our precious water tables. Water sustains all life. Thank you. 44 minutes ago - View -
Johnny DeVore : Timeline Photos BREAKING: A coal seam gas (CSG) project operated by energy company Santos in north-western NSW has contaminated a nearby aquifer, with uranium at levels 20 times higher than safe drinking water guidelines.
This official investigation confirms what farmers and community members who will be impacted by Santos' projects have been saying all along - that CSG and fracking pose unacceptable risks to our land, water, and health.
This is the first government-documented case of aquifer contamination in Australia, and it flies in the face of industry claims about the safety of coal seam gas extraction. Read more on this important development and SHARE this post: